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Web rumor sparked fatal brawl

Police have detained a former worker at a toy factory for posting a rumor online that triggered a mass brawl in south China's Guangdong Province.

Two workers died and 118 were injured in the fight on Thursday night between hundreds of local workers and workers from the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at the Xuri Toy Factory in Shaoguan City.

A post on a local Website that said "Six Xinjiang boys raped two innocent girls at the Xuri Toy Factory" caused the brawl, a municipal government spokesman said.

Police found that the former worker, surnamed Zhu, faked the information to express his discontent as he failed to get re-employed after quitting his job.

Police found no rape cases at the Xuri Toy Factory.

More than 60 of the injured were still in hospital and 14 critically injured were in a stable condition, doctors said.

More than 400 police officers were rushed to the toy factory to stop the fight, local authorities said.

The factory, which has more than 10,000 employees, had recruited 800 migrant workers from Kashgar Prefecture in Xinjiang between May and June. The factory is believed to be owned by Hong Kong tycoon Francis Choi.


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