Protest in southern China blocks high-speed train tracks

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Posted: Apr 03, 2015 3:23 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Protesters in a southern Chinese city angry over land, water and other local issues occupied the platform of a high-speed train station Thursday night, shutting down service for about half an hour.

A statement from the city of Puning said police arrested 22 people in relation to the protest, and no one was injured. The statement said protesters cut through barbed wire, letting 40 of them take over the station.

Protesters started petitioning local authorities over their concerns in September, the statement said, and officials had been working to resolve the disputes. The statement didn't specify what those concerns were.

The protesters interrupted service from the manufacturing hub of Shenzhen north to the city of Xiamen.

China sees thousands of small protests yearly over everything from labor grievances to land disputes.