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Crowd 'attacks China city police'


A crowd has attacked police in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen following the death of a motorcyclist, the Xinhua state media said.

Xinhua said police were conducting a crackdown on illegal vehicles in Bao'an district when the man crashed his bike after failing to stop at a checkpoint.

Hundreds of people were reported to have come on to the streets to protest, with some of them turning on police.

Stones were thrown at officers and a police car was burned in the unrest.

Correspondents say such outbursts against perceived abuses of power by officials are not uncommon.

In June, several thousand people attacked government buildings in south-west Guizhou province.

They were angry at a police inquiry that concluded a teenage girl found dead in a river had committed suicide. Her family had accused the son of a local official of raping and killing her.


Xinhua said the 31-year-old motorcyclist had been "trying to charge through a checkpoint" on Friday afternoon when a police officer threw a phone at him.

The man lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an electricity pole, dying from his injuries.

The agency said about 2,000 people watched as relatives of the dead man attacked a nearby police patrol.

Xinhua later quoted police officials from the city as saying that no police had been at the checkpoint itself, which had been set up by a sub-district office of Bao'an.

They said the crowd had dispersed by 0200 Saturday local time (1800 GMT Friday) and an official from the subdistrict office had been detained by police.

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