14 charged over riot in Qidong, Jiangsu province, plead guilty

Fourteen people pleaded guilty to encouraging a riot in Jiangsu province last year in which a Communist Party chief was stripped half-naked in a mass protest that ultimately forced the local government to scrap a waste-water treatment project.

Friday, 1 February, 2013, 4:34am

Troops guard Colombo prison after riot

Inmates shout from the prison roof as guards assist an injured colleague (foreground right). Photo: AP

A bullet-riddled taxi and a bloodstained road were mute testimony yesterday to Sri Lanka's worst prison riot in three decades, in which 27 people died and 43 were injured in a gun battle.

The gunfight at Colombo's maximum-security Welikada prison between guards and prisoners erupted late on Friday during a police search for drugs and smuggled mobile phones.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:52am

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

Insurers estimate riot damage of least €1m in Dutch town of Haren

Workers clean up debris in Haren after police clashed with hundreds of youths who tried to crash a girl's 16th birthday party. Photo: AFP

Insurers estimate that the damage bill from rioting in a sleepy Dutch town after a Facebook party invitation went viral could top a €1 million (HK$10.1million).

After a night of violence when police officers were pelted with stones, bottles, tubs of flowers and even bicycles, local officials lined up to denounce those responsible and promise they would be brought to justice.

24 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Minister jostled on visit to northern French city of Amiens after riots

Interior Minister Manuel Valls (second left) struggles to make his way through a crowd in a riot-hit neighbourhood of Amiens. Photo: Reuters

Youths jeered and jostled the French interior minister yesterday in the northern city of Amiens, where he met local officials after overnight riots in which buildings were torched and police were fired at with buckshot and pelted with missiles.

15 Aug 2012 - 4:23am

Big-name Pussy Riot backers jump on Putin's judo jaunt

Russian President Vladimir Putin has flown into a storm of Olympic proportions as he arrived in London to watch his favourite sport, judo, on the sidelines of a diplomatic free-for-all with his British counterpart David Cameron, including talRs on Syria.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

African fury over Death in custody

About 100 Africans staged an angry protest in Guangzhou's busy city centre yesterday afternoon after an African man died following a fight with a local man on Monday.

Guangzhou police said the African lapsed into a coma at a police station on Monday afternoon and died soon after following a dispute with an illegal electric bicycle taxi driver about the fare for a ride.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Summer in Narita; Narita: Peasants of the Second Fortress; Narita: Heta Village

Mention the Japanese New Wave, and fictional features about youthful ennui and social unrest inevitably come to mind. Films such as Night and Fog in Japan, Fighting Elegy, The Pornographers or Throw Away Your Books, Let's Go Out Into the Streets are now seen as cultural milestones that vividly chronicled the drastic changes confronting Japanese society in the 1960s and early 70s.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Factory workers launch riot against garment tax

Hundreds of indignant owners of small factories and their workers have rioted in Huzhou, Zhejiang, since Wednesday afternoon, smashing public facilities and overturning and setting fire to vehicles, in a protest against a rise in local taxes.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Land laws have to be taken seriously

Mainland authorities have long been aware that the land development policy is not working. Riots by villagers in Guangdong last month are the latest evidence of its failure. The protests that started in Wukan and spread to nearby villages were the result of simmering discontent over unresolved claims that officials illegally seized and sold collectively held property.

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

A peaceful protest turned violent

The London riots, some of the worst in England's recent history, were triggered by the death of a young black man. On August 4, Mark Duggan was shot by police. Two days later, his family organised a peaceful protest outside a local police station, but the protest soon caught on and became a violent riot despite the wishes of his family.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Vehicles torched in Guizhou rioting

About a dozen police officers and urban management officers were injured in a riot in Guizhou province, with vehicles smashed and overturned.

The incident was sparked by a clash between a driver and a group of urban management officers and the beating of a woman.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Zengcheng offers cash, residency to informers

Zengcheng is giving out hukou, or residency, to migrant workers who provide tip-offs leading to the successful arrest of rioters after three days of civil unrest that tore Xintang town apart last week.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

In riot-torn town, haves and have-nots

Limousines, bird's nest desserts, fine wine, five-star hotels and affluent factory owners appear to have little in common with hundreds of thousands of migrant workers and blue jeans sweatshops. But they are key pieces in the jigsaw of riots rocking Xintang, near Guangzhou.

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Curfew order for riot-hit Xintang

Hoping to prevent riots from rolling into a fourth night, authorities imposed an 8pm curfew last night in Xintang, Guangdoong.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am