Thousands of Workers Attack Government Building in Wenzhou, South China

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Conflict between migrant workers and company owners has always been a big issue in China. Yesterday, thousands of workers attacked a county government building in Zhejiang Province. The attack was triggered by the death of a migrant worker. Here is the story.

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Angry workers smashed cars parked at the Xianjiang County government compound. Protesters also set some vehicles on fire. They threw rocks, bricks, and bottles at the compound.

NTD spoke to a local resident regarding the incident.

[Fan, Xianjiang County Resident ]:
"There are thousands [of protesters]. It seems like all of them are from other cities. I heard that they were surrounding the building until nightfall."

Riot police were dispatched to control the situation. The police used tear gas and arrested many of the workers.

[NTD reporter]:
"How many policemen were dispatched?"

[Fan, Xianjiang County Resident]:
"Many police cars."

[NTD reporter]:
"I heard that the police used tear gas to disperse people."

[Fan, Xianjiang County Resident]:
"Yes, they did."

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[An officer in Xianjiang Police Station]:
"How can we release them? You should ask them if they were being disorderly. If yes, we have to deal with them. If not, they can go home."

[NTD reporter]:
"How many people were arrested yesterday?"

[An officer in Xianjiang Police Station]:
"I'm telling you that I don't know. I just took this case over today."

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On May 28, Yang's family and hundreds of villagers from his hometown came to Xianjiang County to appeal for justice, but failed to get any results.

Although a resident told NTD that protesters remained on the scene until evening, state-run Xinhua news agency reports that the protest ended around midday, when Xu gave Yang's family $47,300 USD in compensation for his death.

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