Guangdong jade dealers protest over rent rises – paper

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of jade vendors in a city in southern Guangdong province confronted riot police during a protest over a sharp increase in shop rents, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday.

Several thousand vendors at a jade market in Zhaoqing took to the streets, blocking traffic and smashing the market’s property management office before confronting police on Friday and Saturday to vent their anger over rising rents, the newspaper quoted a witness as saying.

The jade traders were angry that rental costs had shot up in the past few years but their retail prices were almost unchanged, the paper said, adding that clashes had stopped but riot police were still patrolling.

Another witness was quoted by the newspaper as saying that she saw riot police beating demonstrators with their truncheons at the jade market on Saturday afternoon.

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