January 25, 2012 Radio Free Asia Translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie
Shenzhen, Southern China
The stallholders faced off with police and officials but they were beaten by around 200 hired thugs wielding metal pipes.
At least five protesters were hospitalized with broken bones after a forced eviction sparked clashes between residents and police in the southern Chinese boomtown of Shenzhen, hospital staff said on Tuesday.
“There are two people still in hospital, and three have already been discharged,” said an employee who answered the phone at the Longgang No. 2 People’s Hospital in Shenzhen on Tuesday.”
“They all had broken bones, and the condition of the two that remain is stable,” she said.
She said the patients treated at the hospital were market stallholders who told hospital staff they were beaten by police.
“This happened [on Monday] at around 4:00-5:00 p.m. and they were all brought in at about 6:00 p.m.,” the employee said. “They were male and middle-aged.”
“The neighborhood committee and the hospital took this seriously and ordered them to have the best possible treatment … to let them know that the government would take care of this.”
Asked if the government was paying the men’s medical bills, she said, “definitely.”
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