China migrant workers’ protests reach third day
Police reportedly fired tear gas and deployed armoured vehicles.
The protests began over the alleged mistreatment of a pregnant migrant worker by security guards.
Eyewitnesses said she fell to the ground – some say she was pushed – after a disagreement with security officials, who wanted her to move her stall from in front of a supermarket.
When news of the incident spread, other migrant workers – most from far-off Sichuan province – went on the rampage, says the BBC’s Michael Bristow in Beijing.
Bricks and bottles were thrown at police, windows were smashed, and police vehicles were overturned, reports said.
At least 25 people have been arrested.
The town of Zengcheng – just outside Guangzhou – is a hub for clothing factories and is home to migrants working in a number of textile factories.
“The case was just an ordinary clash between street vendors and local public security people, but was used by a handful of people who wanted to cause trouble,” Zengcheng Mayor Ye Niuping was quoted by the China Daily newspaper as saying.
Complaints about corruption and abuse of power are widespread, and incidents like this happen across China every week, our correspondent says.
How much longer will it be before U.S. citizens take to the streets in massive demonstrations over the slavery of the U.S. special interest policies that not only exclude their people, but also attaches itself to the purse strings of a suffering people?
We will take Mother Yahweh’s theocratic Rule any day of the week over Satan’s poorly run government that treats it citizens no better than the Egyptian government did in Moses day. A revolt is coming, and as the United States takes more and more away from its own people while continuing to squander their future earnings in a massive collection of debt owed to its lenders, Satan’s throne will eventually collapse. China has a right as one of the U.S. largest lenders to inspect its gold reserve. Not if, but when that happens, the real truth of this country being bankrupt will come to the light.