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Feuding town reopens

SHOPS and schools reopened yesterday in a town in south China's Hainan Province after clashes between two feuding villages left one dead and nine injured last Wednesday.

Yesterday 264 students from Baoshang Village in Dongfang City, who were studying at the Gancheng Middle School, started classes in the Baoshang Village committee building to prevent further fights between students from the two villages.

Last Wednesday villagers from Baoshang and Gancheng clashed, leaving a 32-year-old Baoshang resident, Zhang Ji, dead. Shops and schools were closed for safety. The two villages have been feuding for 80 years over land and other interests.

More than 1,000 police were sent to calm the situation.

Last Monday villagers attacked the Gancheng township government building and police station to protest the local government's response to a fight between a student from Gancheng and one from Baoshang.


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