Police have taken away or detained more than 50 people following two recent protests in Beijing and Guangdong.
According to Reuters, Guangdong police arrested 22 people after demonstrators barged their way into a high-speed rail station to protest over land and housing issues.
Xinhua said that residents stormed the train station on Thursday “as a stunt to draw the attention of senior officials to issues with land, money, irrigation and housing in Mazha village.”
The government has been trying to settle the dispute since September, but villagers have continued to stage protests.
In a separate incident in Beijing this morning, more than 30 taxi drivers from Heilongjiang were taken to hospital after they consumed pesticide during a “lie-in” protest on the popular Wangfujing shopping street.
Reports indicate that the taxi drivers were seeking redress for as of yet undisclosed grievances. All were taken away by ambulance and are receiving treatment.
Approximately 90,000 “mass incidents” take place in China each year. These incidents are usually a reaction by Chinese citizens to corruption, pollution or illegal land seizure.
By Dominic Jackson
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