A student’s death in Sichuan sparks angry protests

Society & Culture

Top society and culture news for April 6, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Xi comes to Mar-a-Lago with ‘tweetable deliverables.’"

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JUNE 20: (CHINA OUT; PHOTOCOME OUT) Graduates attend a graduation ceremony at Shanghai Jiaotong University on June 20, 2005 in Shanghai, China. According to the Ministry of Education, about 3.38 million college students will graduate this summer, 580,000 more than last year. Graduates face fierce job competition, as the number of graduates leaving colleges and universities have increased since 1999. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

On April 1, a 14-year-old student at a middle school in Luzhou, Sichuan Province, was found dead near the school dormitory. His body was bruised, and his family alleged that he had been beaten to death by a gang of bullies. The school and local police denied the allegations, but his family and their supporters did not believe them and began protesting in front of the school. The demonstration grew, resulting in a clash between security forces and angry protesters — more than a hundred of them, judging from this video clip. The Global Times reports that local police have now promised to do an autopsy on the student’s body. Much of the discussion on social media about the case has been censored, but you can still see some commentary on Weibo here (in Chinese).