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In Hainan, mob attacks urban management office

HAINAN Province police are probing an incident where nearly 100 people attacked an urban management office in the capital city Haikou on Tuesday night, today's Hainan Special Zone News reported.
Three people were injured in the violence.
A truck owner who had his vehicle seized by urban management officers for illegally transporting garbage organized the attack to demand the return of his truck, the newspaper said.
Haikou's urban management authority is carrying out a campaign to crack down on truck drivers that have been blamed for dumping garage at undesignated areas and polluting the environment.
The truck was seized 10:20pm on Tuesday and the owner was taken for questioning, the newspaper reported.
Half an hour later, a mob of nearly 100 people, organized by the truck owner, rushed to the office. They beat up office employees and vandalized the office. Two security guards and one officer were injured, the report said.
Police were alerted and dispersed the mob at 2am on Wednesday. Later that morning, the mob came back demanding the truck be returned.
They blocked the office's gate, forcing officers to hail taxies to carry out their duties.
The truck owner, who was not identified, is in hospital for scratches suffered when being pulled out from under the truck as he attempted to prevent officers from seizing his vehicle, according to an officer surnamed Luo with the Haikou Urban Management Squad.
In July, more than 30 people attacked the officers before driving away in a vehicle that had been seized.
Luo told the newspaper that in most similar cases, the mob is made up of relatives and friends of the truck owner.


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