Two more officials sacked after violent protest over teens' death 2008-07-04 19:12:50   Print

    GUIYANG, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Two more county officials in a southwestern Chinese county were sacked on Friday following a violent protest over a teenage girl's death last Saturday.

    Wang Qin, Party secretary of the Weng'an County, where the protest happened, and Wang Haiping, the head of the county government, were sacked, according to the Guizhou provincial committee of the Communist Party of China.

    Long Changchun, a member of the standing committee of the Party committee of the Qiannan Prefecture, which administers Weng'an, was appointed as the new county Party secretary.

    The provincial committee also recommended Xie Xiaodong to the county people's congress as the county head.

    A violent protest, with 30,000 people involved, broke out on June 28 following a police report on the controversial death of junior high school student Li Shufen. Police said the 17-year-old drowned, but her family and relatives contended she was raped and killed.

    On Thursday, two police officials in Weng'an were replaced for "severe malfeasance".

    Provincial Party Chief Shi Zongyuan said the deep-rooted reasons behind the protest were "rude and roughshod solutions" by local authorities to solve disputes over mines, demolition of homes for public projects, the relocation of residents for reservoir construction and many other issues.

Editor: Du Guodong
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