Riots are the new black. Everybody has to have at least one.
Apparently, a vendor’s tax dispute with authorities sparked the unrest.
This sort of thing isn’t unheard of in China but it’s still worth noting. According to Reuters the unrest is also a hot topic on Chinese social networks and that can’t make the government any happier:
Pictures posted on China’s Twitter-like microblogging service, Sina’s Weibo, showed large crowds blocking traffic and shield-toting riot police marching through the streets. One photo showed a public security bus engulfed in flames.
This should remain a localized event but if something unexpected happens updates will follow.
Recommended on Twitter: @fravel. M. Taylor Fravel is an International relations professor at MIT, studying China’s foreign and security policies.