One dead, scores injured in China land brawl: witnesses

Wednesday , January 13th, 2010

One person was killed and scores injured last week as police clashed with villagers in eastern China over the forced eviction of farmers from rural lands, residents and a human rights group said Tuesday.

The violence began last Thursday when about 100 hired thugs beat farmers who had resisted eviction in the city of Pizhou in Jiangsu province, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said.

It said the farmers from Hewan village had refused to move off lands where local authorities want to build a chemical plant.

“One woman was killed and another woman was severely injured by dozens of thugs hired by the township government,” a Hewan resident who gave only his surname, Yang, told AFP by phone.

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