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Rights Group: China Arrests 300 After Violent Riot བོད་སྐད།


A human rights organization says Chinese authorities have arrested hundreds of people days after a violent riot in southwestern China.

The Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy Monday told VOA Chinese Service that authorities in Guizhou province arrested some 300 people. The group also says about 15-hundred police officers are patrolling the area.

Reports from the area say thousands of rioters torched the Wengan county police station and government vehicles Saturday, demanding a new investigation into the death of the 15-year-old girl.

Police ruled her death a suicide, but the family says she was raped and murdered by the son of a local official.

Also Saturday, Beijing ordered local governments to prevent local grievances from escalating into protests ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games.

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