NANCHANG -- Nine people,
including five police officers and a journalist, were injured on Thursday when
they were attacked during an investigation into a pyramid selling scheme in
Jiujiang City of east China's Jiangxi Province.
Officer Li Qi is in critical condition while the others are in stable
condition, said doctors with the No.1 People's Hospital of Jiujiang City.
The journalist is from the Xunyang Evening News. The three other who were
injured are officials with the administrative bureau for industry and commerce
of Jiujiang City.
The city's public security office says it has detained more than 40 people
who are accused of attacking the investigators.
The victims were investigating a pyramid selling scheme in a residential
neighborhood located in the city's Lianhua Street. About 100 member involved in
the scheme attacked the investigators with iron bars as police were taking away
the alleged organizer of the scheme.
More than 100 policemen were called in to restore order, according to the
public security office, which provided no further details.
Pyramid selling, which has cheated thousands of innocent investors, was
banned in China in 1998.