China arrests 10 for rioting

China | Associated Press 11 Dec 2018

China state media say 10 people have been charged with various offenses over rioting at a gathering of military veterans protesting for better benefits.

It wasn't clear whether the suspects are veterans. However, the violence at the October gathering in the eastern city of Pingdu points to continued tensions between authorities and ex-servicemen despite the establishment this year of a cabinet agency to oversee veterans' affairs.

Multiple protests have been staged in recent years to demand better pensions and health care.

The government refused to confirm the Pingdu riot at the time and censored reports about it on the internet.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported around 60 people among the 300 who gathered assaulted officers and smashed a police van and three civilian vehicles using ax handles and fire extinguishers. A total of 34 policemen and others were injured during the disturbance, it said.

Some of the suspects have past records "for obstructing official business, causing disturbances, drug abuse, theft and swindling."

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