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December 4, 2008

中国逮捕出租车司机,警方加强巡逻 (China Arrests Taxi Drivers, Police Step up Patrols)

China has arrested an unspecified number of taxi drivers for their alleged participation in a violent protest this week in the southwest city of Chongqing. The official Xinhua news agency says police in Chongqing have stepped up patrols to maintain public order following the arrests.  


Police in Chongqing - China's fourth largest city - have announced that all nine-thousand of the city's cab drivers have returned to work. Cabbies in Chongqing began the strike on Monday to protest unfair competition from unlicensed drivers, high fines for traffic violations, and a shortage of compressed natural gas used to fuel most taxis.
中国因踩踏导致死亡监禁法国零售商家乐福雇员 (China Jails Employees of French Retailer Over Fatal Stampede)

Chinese state media say a court in the western city of Chongqing has jailed two employees of French retail giant Carrefour for their role in a fatal stampede.


China's official Xinhua news agency says the court sentenced security guard Duan Chengwei to three years in prison, and his superior Xiang Xuexin to two years. The incident at a Carrefour store in Chongqing in November 2007 killed three people and injured another 31.



Duan placed a table in the entrance to the store to slow the flow of people during a sales promotion. The move instead prompted customers gathered to buy discounted cooking oil to stampede.

Last year, Carrefour issued a letter of apology and received a 68-thousand dollar fine for the incident.

Chinese authorities have since imposed a nationwide ban on limited time sales.

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