Civil unrest

Yunnan villagers flee attack by tunnel's construction workers

Wednesday's attack on Yan village, in Funing county, appeared to be triggered by a dispute a day earlier between villagers and workers from the China Railway Tunnel Group.

Friday, 22 February, 2013, 4:50am

Land grabs are main cause of mainland protests, experts say

Residents of Wukan rally over illegal land grabs. Photo: AFP

Land seizures, pollution and labour disputes have been the three main causes of tens of thousands of mass protests in recent years, according to a top think-tank.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Wenzhou villagers riot over substation they fear is health threat

Police prepare to disperse protestors. Photo: SCMP

More than 1,000 villagers have clashed with police in Wenzhou over the construction of an electrical substation, despite recent central government promises for changes to reduce "not in my backyard" movements.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

State of inequality as China's rich get richer

A man carries wood from a Shenyang demolition site. Photo: Reuters

In a nation where wealth confers immense power and privilege, it's no wonder policymakers are having such a hard time rewriting the rules to reverse a dangerously widening wealth gap.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Hundreds rally in Kiev in protest over 'stolen' Ukraine election

 Police officers prepare to meet a protest rally outside an election precinct, where the opposition said election fraud happened, in Kiev. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds of people rallied in central Kiev on Monday to protest against what the Ukrainian opposition says was vote-rigging by President Viktor Yanukovych’s ruling party in the October 28 parliamentary election.

5 Nov 2012 - 6:14pm

Scuffles as Ningbo residents step up chemical plant protest

Police arrest a demonstrator. Photo: Reuters

Demonstrators clashed with riot police in central Ningbo yesterday, as protests against the proposed expansion of a Sinopec plant drew the largest crowds yet.

28 Oct 2012 - 5:19am