A VIOLENT protest by hundreds of people has trailed the death of a Nigerian in police custody in China’s southern city of Guangzhou, state media and police said.
According to agency reports, the police said in an online statement on Tuesday that the man was detained after he fought with the driver of an electric bicycle over a fare on Monday. He later fell unconscious in custody, and died despite efforts to revive him.
The statement said authorities were investigating the death of the unnamed man.
Police could not be reached for comment yesterday.
The Global Times newspaper said around 500 protesters threw rocks at police vehicles and private cars, after authorities did not allow the Nigerian victim’s family to see the body.
The official Xinhua news agency put the number of protesters at more than 100.
A community website aimed at foreigners living in southern China, The Nanfang, claimed the African man was beaten by a group of Chinese in the argument with the driver.