Violent unrest in Luzhou, Sichuan, after traffic police beat driver to death. Censors already at work.

Alia | October 17th, 2012 - 4:29 pm

Several accounts on Weibo, China’s No.1 microblogging service, have been live reporting a violent riot caused by the death of a driver in Luzhou, Sichuan province.  According to verified netizen 徐昕, it all started from HongXing village farmer’s market. A truck caused some serious traffic jam at the market, 3 traffic police came and seemingly started a quarrel with the truck driver. Somehow the quarrel escalated and the driver was said to be beaten to death by the 3 traffic police.

Netizen Aluo阿罗, who was at the scene, has been blogging about the riot live. There were hundreds of people protecting the corpse from being removed by local police. A total of 5 police cars have been smashed and burnt so far. There were also reported cases of arrests and tear gas. His Weibo posts with pictures from the rioting scene have already been deleted by Sina Weibo. (Click here for a short video clip at the scene)

A violent anti-police riot is probably the last thing the Chinese government wants at this point before the opening of the 18th Congress tomorrow.

The dead driver 

At the scene today

At the scene tonight. Police cars burnt.

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