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Bloody China riot caught on film
By Daniel Griffiths
BBC News, Beijing

Footage of the clashes in the Chinese village

Dramatic footage has emerged of a riot in a Chinese village at the weekend in which six people are reported to have been killed.

The pictures show local farmers fighting a pitched battle with dozens of unknown men wearing camouflage gear and construction helmets.

Hunting rifles and clubs were used in the bloody clashes in the northern village of Shenyou.

It was filmed by a resident and then given to the Washington Post newspaper.

Chinese state media said that the residents had been resisting the takeover of their property by an electricity company which wants to build a power plant there.

Violent disputes like this one are common in China, where competition for useable land is fierce.

The eviction of local people to make way for new developments is becoming one of the country's sharpest social issues.

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