Hundreds protest over tax dispute in eastern China

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Posted: Oct 27, 2011 8:25 AM
Hundreds protest over tax dispute in eastern China

Hundreds of migrant small business owners in an eastern Chinese town have protested over a tax dispute in the latest social unrest resulting from increasing economic pressure.

State websites said Thursday that the group of children's clothing company owners protesting in the town of Zhili in Zhejiang province swelled to more than 600 people on Wednesday night.

The Huzhou Online says the protests started after one of them refused to pay taxes and gathered a group to attack a tax collector.

It says some of them blocked a highway and smashed and torched vehicles and police have detained five suspects.

Zhejiang Online says around a hundred swarmed toward the township government offices, hurled rocks and destroyed street lamps.