China jails 17 for fighting police over demolition

AP News
Posted: Nov 11, 2011 10:53 PM
China jails 17 for fighting police over demolition

A Chinese court has jailed 17 people for fighting with police over the demolition of housing in a northwestern city amid widespread tensions over rapid urban development.

The official Xinhua News Agency says the court in Lanzhou convicted the 17 of beating and throwing bricks at police who were tearing down makeshift housing. The sentences ranged from three to six months in prison.

Areas throughout China suffer frequent conflicts over government land seizures for redevelopment and demolition of unauthorized building to house migrant workers. But most confrontations are peaceful.

Xinhua said in Saturday's report that the violence in Lanzhou was "a scenario which has become all too familiar in China in recent years."