Zhejiang protest ends with compensation deal

Updated: 2012-05-30 06:27


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WENZHOU - Migrant workers' protests that broke out on Monday in east China's Zhejiang province following a peer's death have mostly come to an end and the family of the deceased has received 300,000 yuan (47,298) in compensation, local authorities said Tuesday.

The incident started around 8 am in Xianjiang neighborhood community (recently renamed from Xianjiang township) of Rui'an city under Wenzhou city, when around 1,000 migrant workers rushed the government office building, turning over an iron fence gate, and damaging over a dozen cars with stones and bricks. The protest ended around 11:30 am as migrant workers dispersed.

Local government sources said the protest was sparked by the death of 19-year-old migrant worker Yang Zhi, allegedly killed by his employer Xu Qiyin during a dispute over salary.

Rui'an's local government has been negotiating with Yang's family and vowed to help them deal with the aftermath of the death.

The suspect, who has been detained by police, was ordered to pay the compensation.