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Police attacked in S. China over controversial death
Updated: 2008-07-18 20:30

GUANGZHOU  -- More than 100 people attacked police officers over the controversial death of a motorcycle driver in Huizhou City of south China's Guangdong Province on Thursday, local authorities said on Friday.

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The trouble lasted from early morning to 1 p.m.. Police held seven of the group of people, who had also overturned a police wagon and raided a police station, the office of the villagers' committee of Shangnan, and nearby shops in Yuanzhou Township, Boluo County, a spokesman for the Boluo County Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) said.

The spokesman said riot police were dispatched to maintain order. But he did not reveal whether there were any casualties in the attack.

The trouble was triggered by the disputed death of a motorcycle driver surnamed Ouyang from central Hunan Province, who had made money using his vehicle to carry passengers in Boluo, the spokesman said.

The driver's family members said that Ouyang was beaten to death by the security guards of the Shangnan Village, but local police were told that Ouyang died from a traffic accident, he said.

The traffic police of the Yuanzhou Township received an emergency call at about 4:27 a.m. on Thursday about a motorcycle driver who fell from his vehicle and was injured near a gas station. They found the driver had died when they arrived at the spot at 4:40 a.m..

A 30-meter-long tyre track was found on the ground, suggesting the motorcycle was traveling at a high speed when the accident happened. Police also found a dent in the driver's head, indicating a lethal blow.

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