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2008 Longnan riot

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2008 Longnan riot
DateNovember 17, 2008 (2008-11-17)
LocationLongnan, Gansu, People's Republic of China
Casualties
74 injured[1]

The 2008 Longnan riot was a protest that turned into a riot involving thousands of people in Longnan, Gansu, People's Republic of China.

Cause[edit]

The state media did not explain the source of the unrest, though local residents said many protesters were angered by the government's decision to transfer its offices to a wealthier city.[2] Residents in Longnan said the disturbances there were fueled by economic distress, unchecked corruption and a lack of transparency by the local Communist Party.[2]

Riot[edit]

A crowd of about 1,000 - 2,000 people attacked a government office in northwest Gansu province, smashing cars and beating up police and officials.[3][4] The crowd eventually grew to 10,000 according to some sources.[4] Armed police officers from the provincial capital used tear gas to subdue the rioters.[4]

Aftermath[edit]

Damages are estimated at more than five million yuan (US$731,000).[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sinodaily. "Sinodaily." China arrests 30 over riots in northwest: govt. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
  2. 2.0 2.1 International Herald Tribune. "IHT.com." Rioters attack government offices in northwest China. Retrieved on 2008-11-18.
  3. RTHK. "RTHK." Dozens injured in Gansu riot. Retrieved on 2008-11-18.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 NYTimes. "NYTimes." Thousands Battle Police in China’s Northwest. Retrieved on 2008-11-18.


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