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Grief-stricken parents block road

A GRIEVING couple blocked a road yesterday morning in a protest over the death of their three-year-old son after receiving an intravenous drip at a nearby health care center.

The mother and father from Jiangsu Province, with relatives and friends, brought traffic to a halt for around two hours on Fengzhuang Road.

More than 30 protesters stopped traffic at about 7am, daubing the Chinese character for "wrong" on the walls of the community health care center and carrying placards into the middle of the road calling for justice.

The distraught family laid a wreath on the road and knelt down on the ground.

More than 100 police officers and urban management officials rushed to the scene to restore the traffic flow.

Traffic was flowing normally again at around 9am.

Officers took the family in for questioning and published a post on their microblog yesterday, urging people to take a rational response in medical disputes.

The boy, the couple's only child, died on Saturday on the way to a hospital after receiving intravenous drips at the Zhenxin Community Health Care Center, witnesses said.

Health authorities said they are looking into the case.


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