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Paramilitary policemen keep guard as a car drives through a traffic police station entrance burned by protesters in Luzhou.

A driver dies in the Sichuan city of Luzhou while police are trying to get him to move his truck, which they say is illegally parked. The body is noticed by passers-by and word quickly spreads that the 58-year-old man was beaten to death.

Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 1:39am 2 comments

Rumour police beat man to death sparks riot in Luzhou, Sichuan

A police vehicle is overturned in Luzhou. Photo: SCMP

Hundreds of angry passers-by hurled bricks and bottles at police and overturned and set fire to police vehicles in a protest after the officers were accused of beating a driver to death in southeastern Sichuan yesterday.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:29am 1 comment

'Tasting splendour' ended in tragedy

'There is just one life. Taste all the splendour the world has to offer.'

Those are the words that Ma Chi chose to greet people with on his instant-messaging service.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

The loneliness of a long-distance worker

Xu Guanghui had not seen his family for two years when he sat down for a celebratory feast in Luzhou, Sichuan province. The 34-hour bus journey over bumpy roads to get to his family from his job in Guangdong had taken its toll, and he was apprehensive about the homecoming.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Yangtze River ports heading up the creek

Falling water levels and cutthroat competition are among the five main challenges facing port operators along the Yangtze River, just as manufacturers increasingly shift production to central and western regions.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Factory layoffs shelved after thousands protest

The restructuring of a PLA-linked chemical plant in Luzhou , Sichuan province , has been shelved after a mass protest last week which saw several protesters arrested.

The factory resumed normal operations on Sunday after local authorities suspended the restructuring plan, an employee said.

21 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Officials disciplined over ferry disaster

More than two dozen officials in Sichuan province have been disciplined over a fatal ferry accident in June which killed 130 people.

The punishment handed down by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection highlights a trend of penalising party officials and government leaders who fail to prevent industrial accidents caused by employees.

7 Dec 2000 - 12:00am