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2005-12-21 09:25:30

By Chris Buckley DONGZHOU, China (Reuters) - A climate of fear has gripped a South China fishing town as villagers evade patrols and defy a police campaign to encourage them to denounce their neighbours in the wake of a bloody crackdown two weeks ago. A cordon of checkpoints has virtually isolated the town of Dongzhou, where police put down protests over a government land grab on December 6, killing at least three people. Witness accounts from several villagers do not dispute the...

2005-12-13 06:16:49

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese intellectuals have demanded an inquiry after police shot and killed protesters in a south China village, comparing the violence to the military crackdown on Tiananmen Square demonstrators in 1989. In an open letter posted on the Internet, more than 50 scholars and intellectuals called on authorities to publish the names of the dead, offer compensation to their families and punish those involved after an independent investigation. "We...

2005-12-12 00:25:23

By Chris Buckley DONGZHOUKENG, China (Reuters) - Riot police patrolled a southern Chinese township where tension prevailed on Monday nearly a week after demonstrations over land compensation were ended by police opening fire on protesters. China has confirmed police shot dead three people "in alarm" during an attack on Tuesday on a wind power plant in the Guangdong province township of Dongzhoukeng. Newspaper reports said the official who ordered the shooting had been detained. Two...

2005-12-11 08:26:36

By Nick Macfie BEIJING (Reuters) - China has confirmed that police shot dead three protesters "in alarm" during an attack last week on a wind power plant, and a newspaper said on Sunday the official who ordered the shooting had been detained. Human rights group Amnesty International said it was the first time Chinese police had fired on protesters since the crushing of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrations in 1989. Estimates from residents and rights groups put the...

2005-12-10 21:50:45

By Nick Macfie BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police shot three villagers dead during an attack on a southern wind power plant by a crowd armed with spears, knives and Molotov cocktails, China's Xinhua news agency said. It was the first official confirmation of deaths in what human rights group Amnesty International said was the first time Chinese police had fired on protesters since the crushing of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrations in 1989. Residents had said riot...

2005-12-09 04:06:43

By Lindsay Beck and Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Armed police have sealed off a village in southern China after violent clashes with residents that rights group Amnesty International said marked the first time Chinese police had fired on protesters since 1989. Residents said riot police had opened fire on Tuesday on protesters in the village of Dongzhou in Guangdong province after they moved in to quell demonstrations over lack of compensation for land lost to a wind power...

2005-11-07 07:43:58

PARIS (Reuters) - A man beaten up during violence in a riot-hit suburb north of Paris died of his injuries on Monday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. Jean-Jacques Le Chenadec, who was attacked on Friday evening and had been in a coma since then, was the first person to die during the unrest that began on October 27. The ministry gave no details but Le Parisien newspaper said the man was 60 and had been attacked by a youth outside his home in the suburb of Stains.

2005-09-08 08:44:02

KATHAMNDU (Reuters) - Pro-democracy protesters clashed with Nepali police for the fifth day on Thursday as protests raged against King Gyanendra who fired the government and took control seven months ago. Police said 73 protesters from seven political parties opposed to the king's February 1 move were detained and 12 were hurt in a scuffle as police stopped about 5,000 demonstrators from entering the city center where anti-king rallies are banned. Organizers said more than 100...

2005-08-22 02:05:05

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese protesters set fire to factory buildings and police cars in a clash sparked by toxic waste, police and residents said on Monday, the latest illustration of a growing wave of public dissent. Saturday's violence at the Tian Neng Battery Co. was also the third protest in the eastern province of Zhejiang in recent months caused by pollution, highlighting the environmental price of China's rise to become the world's seventh-largest economy. "It's very serious....

2005-07-20 07:11:23

SANAA (Reuters) - At least eight people were killed in Yemen in clashes with police on Wednesday as demonstrators threw stones and set fires in streets to protest against subsidy cuts that nearly doubled petrol prices, witnesses said. In the capital Sanaa, thousands of protesters set fire to tires, blocked streets and hurled stones at the prime minister's office while shops closed for fear of looting. Police fired shots to disperse protesters hurling stones at the offices of Prime Minister...