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.

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