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A student’s death in Sichuan sparks angry protests


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).


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