Police Crack Down on Mass Suicide Protest in Eastern China

Nanchang Bridge, Jiangxi province, August 4th. A crowd of five hundred people gathers, threatening to kill themselves by jumping off. They’re mostly farm workers and their family members, protesting alleged corruption.

The protestors accuse appeals court vice director Guo Bing and others of accepting more than 93 million US dollars worth of bribes from a construction company. They say the company owes 200-plus workers five years of unpaid wages. And when they brought a lawsuit against the company, Guo threw it out after allegedly accepting bribes.

Workers are also protesting the detention of a journalist who investigated the scandal. Xiong Ximao was imprisoned for a year and three months after exposing the scandal on the Internet in 2007.

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