Africans clash with police in southern China

Police in a southern Chinese city say they are investigating the death of a foreign man in custody that sparked a clash between African traders and riot officers.

Guangzhou police said Wednesday a man identified in state media reports as a Nigerian citizen had been brought to the Kuangquan station on Monday after fighting with a taxi driver over a fare. About four hours later, he collapsed and could not be revived by an ambulance crew called to the station, police said in a written statement.

A crowd gathered outside the station Tuesday afternoon, blocking traffic. They were persuaded to disperse by officers two hours later, the statement said.

The Global Times newspaper quoted eyewitnesses saying Africans battled riot officers.

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