Police in Hunan arrested 13 people who stormed a police station and government building and captured a number of officials and police officers in a dispute over the handling of a young woman’s death.
According to The Huffington Post, the violence was triggered following the death of a 28-year-old woman named Cao Hui on June 8. The official cause of death was given as pesticide poisoning, but relatives were unsatisfied and demanded to know if her husband was involved in her death.
On Thursday, June 18, Cao’s relatives and friends attacked and detained government workers who arrived at the morgue to retrieve evidence, leading the town’s senior officials to intervene. The officials were then attacked with bricks and beer bottles, then forced to kneel in a mourning hall.
The government subsequently dispatched over 150 police officers while officials attempted to negotiate for release of the detained workers. The violence then escalated when hundreds of residents stormed the police station, blocked off a road and took out the tires of a police vehicle.
The New York Times reports that the Shuangfeng County government issued a public notice on Friday demanding that, in return for leniency, the troublemakers turn themselves in.
By Dominic Jackson