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Two sacked over unrest

TWO officials, including a municipal Party chief, have been removed from their posts for "mishandling a mass incident" triggered by a chef's death, local authorities in Shishou City, central China's Hubei Province said yesterday.

Zhong Ming, secretary of the Shishou City committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and Tang Dunwu, a Party official in charge of law enforcement work in Shishou, were sacked for their improper decisions in handling the incident.

A 24-year-old cook, Tu Yuangao, was found lying dead at the gate of a hotel in Shishou on the night of June 17.

Police found no suspicious circumstances and concluded the man had killed himself by falling from a high building. Tu's family and the public, however, were not convinced, and online rumors emerged.

Shishou officials did not act until after about 80 hours, fueling rumors which resulted in unrest when angry locals obstructed two streets, burnt the hotel and smashed several vehicles.


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