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China: Plans to build crematorium suspended after clashes between police and hundreds of protestors in Huazhou

Protests broke out in Huazhou, Guangdong province, after the township government issued a notice announcing plans to build a funeral home on a site on which residents thought was set aside for a park. Riot police were seen firing tear gas and beating protesters. Authorities later suspended plans to build the crematorium following two days of clashes between the police and the protesters, and promise to release release arrested persons.

The company in charge of the construction project could not be reached by the media for comment.

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