A Chinese court has sentenced six people to jail for their involvement in a three-day riot in the country's south by migrant factory workers enraged by the reported beating of a street vendor.
The official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday that the People's Court of Zengcheng city in Guangdong province handed down prison terms ranging from nine months to 3-1/2 years.
The riot was sparked by a confrontation between security guards and a pair of migrant sidewalk vendors in the township of Xintang on June 10. Thousands of migrant workers rioted, torching vehicles and ransacking government offices. At least 25 people were arrested.
The unrest underscored a growing public resentment over corruption, abuse of power and a worsening income divide.