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Peasants protest against police-led attacks

September 4, 2004

"Chinese police and hired “thugs” in the southeastern province of Fujian assaulted a group of peasants in a dispute over a factory, a human rights group said. Peasants staging a sit-in protest against government seizure of a village factory were attacked on August 1 by more than 100 police officers and 14 men recently released from labour reform camps, Human Rights in China (HRIC) said. At least 15 people were injured in the attack. “Most of the villagers attacked were women, and conditions ... have deteriorated because they are too poor to afford the necessary medical teatment,” it said..."

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