Security is tight in a town in central China following riots that involved as many as 20,000 people.
A BBC correspondent in the town, in Hunan province, has seen riot police and soldiers protecting government buildings and patrolling the streets.
He says it appears the protests began after a local firm took over the town’s bus routes and doubled the fares.
Vehicles were burned and several people were injured in clashes with police as the protests climaxed on Monday.
Reports said one person had been killed, although this was denied on Wednesday by the official Xinhua news agency, which played down the incident.
[…] The firm’s decision to raise the bus fare from around 50 cents to $1 during the recent Chinese New Year brought complaints initially from the parents of secondary school children, our correspondent has learned.
Gateway Pundit writes that 10 cars had been torched during the riot and that they were also rioting to protest about official corruption.
Según parece, este año ha habido 23.000 disturbios en aislados en China. El último se ha producido en la provincia de Hunan, después de que la compañía de autobuses cambiara las rutas y aumentara las tarifas entre medio y un dólar. Los padres de los alumnos que cogen las líneas iniciaron una protesta a la que se fueron sumando más personas.
Ahora bien, los ánimos estaban tan caldeados que la protesta evolucionó en disturbios, habiendo informado fuentes independientes que ha muerto un hombre aunque luego la agencia estatal de información china lo haya negado.
Pero parece ser que han conseguido lo que querían porque la empresa ha bajado las tarifas al precio anterior.
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