June 09, 2015

"We have no way to visit those who are still in detention, and we don't know how badly they are hurt."

Radio Free Asia Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi have detained and beaten more than 10 people following clashes with relatives of a teenage factory worker who died in mysterious circumstances earlier this month, relatives said on Tuesday. Reported by Xin Lin for RFA's Mandarin Service, and by Hai Nan for the Cantonese Service. Translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie.

'The body of Chen Zhizhao, 17, was found in a pond near the Fengyuda Electronics Factory in Jiangxi's Gongqingcheng city on Sunday after the youth disappeared at the beginning of the month.

'"The police found the body on June 6 in a pond, decomposed and full of maggots," Chen's cousin Zhou Qiming told RFA on Tuesday. "DNA tests showed that it was my cousin."

'"We don't even know how he died, nor who it was who threw his body in the pond, and the local government is in cahoots with the factory management," he said.

'More than 10 of Chen's relatives and supporters were detained and beaten by police on Monday after protesting at their local police station over what they said was a lack of progress in the investigation, Zhou said.

'"All those who were detained were beaten and injured, and those who were released were also injured," Zhou said. "I got injured, too."

'He said some people remain behind bars, and police are putting pressure on Chen's family to accept compensation of 100,000 yuan (U.S.$16,000) in return for their release.'

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