Photo via CDT.
The past week has seen an unnerving amount of violence and unrest in China. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening:
Riots have rocked the southern Guangdong town of Xintang, Zengcheng after a pregnant street hawker and her husband were injured by local city police on Friday. The couple was seen as a ralying point for all grievances against local authorities, and tension quickly escalated into street riots. Thousands of police were sent in to quell the uprising, and 25 people were arrested. See photos of the madness over at CDT.
We showed you photos last week of the mass protests in Lichuan, Hubei and the government’s heavy military response. At least five officials have either been arrested or suspended over the suspicious death of local official and anti-corruption fighter Ran Jianxin while in the custody of police.
Two bombs went off at government buildings last week, one in Hunan and one in Tianjin. The first was allegedly an accidental explosion in a police facility where confiscated explosives were kept. The blast in Tianjin, which wounded two, has been clearly blamed on a man claiming to be taking revenge against society. Many are speculating over whether he was prompted to act by the Jiangxi bomber three weeks ago.