Relatives of Chenjiashan Mine Disaster Victims Riot After Learning Search Called Off Early

December 2, 2004

Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports that relatives of the victims of the Chenjiashan mine explosion rioted when they learned that the mine authorities had suspended rescue operations after three days and sealed the mine shaft. More than 140 miners are said to have remained trapped in the mine before the end of rescue efforts. After trying to talk with local officials and to reporters in a town near the mine, the relatives attacked the provincial head of the Communist Party propaganda department and smashed windows and doors in local government offices.