27 August 1997
Chinese farmers riot
FARMERS rioted in Beixiang village, southern Guangdong, China, on Friday
after they became suspicious that the scales officials used to weigh their grain
had been tampered with.
The incident was just one in a long line that have erupted. Local officials
are alleged to sometimes underpay farmers for crops and often impose illegal
levees and fines.
More than 1,000 farmers were involved in the seven-hour fracas. Several
policeman were injured, according to a local official.