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China: Anger as Nigerian dies in custody

2012-06-20 10:01

Beijing - The death of a Nigerian man in police custody in China's southern city of Guangzhou sparked a violent protest by hundreds of people, state media and police said.

The man was detained after he fought with the driver of an electric bicycle over a fare on Monday, later falling unconscious in custody, and died despite efforts to revive him, Guangzhou police said in an online statement on Tuesday.

The statement said authorities were investigating the death of the unnamed man. Police could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

The Global Times newspaper said around 500 protesters threw rocks at police vehicles and private cars, after authorities did not allow the victim's family to see the body.

The official Xinhua news agency put the number of protesters at more than 100.

Photographs posted on Chinese microblogs showed scores of people standing at an underpass and apparently blocking traffic while a line of police in blue uniforms stood guard.

A community website aimed at foreigners living in southern China, The Nanfang, claimed the African man was beaten by a group of Chinese in the argument with the driver.

Guangzhou has a relatively large African population, estimated by Chinese media reports at 200 000.

Following the protest, police in Guangzhou have urged foreigners living in the city not to disturb public order and to abide by Chinese law.

Comments
  • philemon.ndlovu.5 - 2012-06-20 10:59

    Typical of chinese government. Absolutely NO human rights!

      Tax - 2012-06-20 11:03

      Um no...no rights for criminals.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-20 11:23

      You clearly didn't read the article properly and are just using whatever enters the constraints of your mind to formulate an already prejudiced opinion. Hint: "A community website aimed at foreigners living in southern China, The Nanfang, claimed the African man was beaten by a group of Chinese in the argument with the driver." Nothing to do with the Chinese government, and more likely mob justice as we have seen plenty of times in this human rights loving country of ours?

      philemon.ndlovu.5 - 2012-06-20 13:06

      @Fidler "authorities did not allow the victim's family to see the body"

  • Tax - 2012-06-20 11:15

    Send them back to where they belong.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-20 12:30

      When China’s emperor protested the drugging of his people, wasn't it the British that sent warships to force her ports open?

      henry.bosman.5 - 2012-06-20 13:52

      Fidel - You want nigeria to send its navy to bombard China until they allow nigerians to sell drugs there ??? weird or funny

  • Irene - 2012-06-20 12:58

    hehehehehehe there goes another Chinese buy out.

  • phoebe.gray.39 - 2012-06-29 11:48

    There are few facts, in fact, I wonder if the facts will ever be known? Why was the Nigerian arguing with the Chinese driver? Did the Chinese driver try to overcharge him? Why say the Nigerian was the criminal, when the Chinese driver may have been. And.... it doesn't actually matter WHO started the argument, or even WHY. The Nigerian should NOT have been beaten. THAT is the crime. Manslaughter. I hope whom ever did it is brought to justice.

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