Adam Taylor, Business Insider, June 19, 2012
According to Chinese sources cited in Western media, more than 100 migrants in the city of Guangzhou held a protest that stopped traffic today. The protests reportedly began after an African migrant died in police custody on Monday following a disagreement over the sale of an electric bicycle.
Images posted on Weibo paint a chaotic scene. This photo, posted by @ndgz, shows the scale of the protest:
Another photo, posted by @onccnews seems to show migrants fighting with police officers:
The incident in Guangzhou seems evidence of that growing [anti-foreigner] sentiment — Tea Leaf Nation writes that the reaction on Weibo has been “overwhelmingly” in favor of the police.
Guangzhou is China’s third largest city with over 12 million inhabitants and 200,000 African immigrants — another report released today found that the city ranked poorly in a recent Chinese City Life Quality Report.