Beijing has launched a nationwide campaign to de-fuse tensions ahed of the Olympic Games, two days after rioting erupted in southwest China. Government and police buildings were attacked on Saturday amid claims of a cover-up over the death of a teenager, whose body was found in a river.
Local people believe she had been raped and murdered by the relative of a senior government official. The authorities insist she killed herself by jumping in the water.
The unrest in Weng’an county in the province of Guizhou highlights volatile social strains as China prepares to host the Games from August 8. While recent protests in Tibet may be fresh in the minds of many, Chinese authorities are eager to present the image of a nation in perfect harmony.