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Rights Group: Protesters in China Clash with Security Forces བོད་སྐད།


A Hong Kong-based human rights group says protests in two provinces of China have led to clashes with Chinese security forces.

The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy says a dispute over an investment scheme in southeastern Hunan province triggered two days of riots.

Photographs of the protest posted on Chinese language Web sites show hundreds of people rallying outside a train station in Hunan's Jishou city. The rights group says protesters blocked roads and trains Wednesday and Thursday while demanding government action against a fund-raising company.

China's official Xinhua news agency also reported the incident, but did not mention any violence, injuries or arrests.

The Hong Kong-based group says 20 protesters were detained and 50 injured during the confrontation.

In a separate protest Thursday, a crowd of at least 500 people gathered at a factory in the eastern city of Ningbo demanding the payment of an injured boy's medical bills.

The family of the 14-year-old boy says he ran away from home and was found hiding in the factory by security guards. They say the guards frightened him into jumping out a window.

The Hong Kong-based group also reported on the unrest and says up to 20 people were injured and 10 arrested.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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