2009/06/16

China's Bully Boys

Around 11 a.m., as Su and her family were trying to make few sales, a white van swooped in. At least 10 men jumped out and began confiscating the family's fruit and three-wheeled cart. "My mother would not let them take the cart," says Su's daughter...

Su suffered a concussion and a broken finger...

The officers told Su that the men in the van were working for their department, a law-enforcement agency that is responsible for controlling street vendors...
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In south-eastern Jiangxi province, local residents say bureau officers beat to death a farmer who was trying to stop a land-reclamation project.
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In late April, a law-enforcement officier posted on the Internet parts of a manual that instructed officers on how to beat suspects without leaving marks...
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When the construction boss, Wei Wenhua, began filming the clash between the chengguan and protestors, the city management officers turned on Wei and beat him to death. in Time, June 22


Largest antigovernment demonstration

TEHRAN — Thousands of people began massing in the streets here again on Tuesday to protest Iran’s disputed presidential election, increasing tensions a day after clashes left at least seven people dead during the largest antigovernment demonstration since the Iranian revolution. nytimes.com

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