Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Riot at Nankai University

Internet reports that a riot broke out on Christmas Eve at Nankai University (南开大学), a major university in the city of Tianjin (天津). The riot was triggered by a traffic accident in which a car sideswiped a student riding a bike. Apparently the arrogance of the driver and police angered onlooking students, who gathered around and demanded for justice.

It escalated into students, numbered close to a thousand, trashing the car. At least one policeman was also beaten by the students. The riot lasted from 8:30pm to 1am, after a vice president of the school making several promises to the angry crowd. The promises include not to punish the rioting students and make improvements in traffic safety on campus.

As usual, any such news of student agitations are strictly forbidden in the mainstream media in China.

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