A dispute over tax has spilled out onto the streets of China, with hundreds, some say thousands, of protesters clashing with riot police.
Unrest erupted in the eastern province of Zhejiang, near Huzhou city on Wednesday, according to state-run media. It claims a children’s clothing store owner refused to pay tax, then gathered other shopkeepers to rally in support and attack local officials.
The report says rocks were hurled, cars and traffic lights damaged and public security personnel injured before police dispersed the crowds.
As riot officers guarded a local government building, a Chinese microblogging service said up to eight people had been killed in the clashes.
Authorities are reporting up to 28 arrests.