Police in China arrest 13 people for spreading rumours

2013-05-22 08:55

Beijing – Police in Beijing say they have arrested 13 people for allegedly spreading rumors and disrupting public order following a protest over a migrant worker’s death.

The Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau says the woman surnamed Yuan committed suicide when she fell to her death from a clothing market building in the capital on May 3.

The 22-year-old’s death sparked a rare protest by hundreds of migrant workers who believed she may have been slain and said police bungled the investigation.

The statement yesterday says a police investigation had ruled out that Yuan was assaulted or murdered.

Yet it said her death spawned online rumours that she had been raped and murdered by the building’s security guards.

Police say one of the people arrested was Yuan’s boyfriend.

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