Up to 2,000 people attacked a local Communist Party headquarters in northwestern China’s Gansu province early Tuesday, state-run media reported.
The conflict stems from plans to relocate the city of Longnan’s administrative center after a deadly earthquake in May that devastated the region, according to Xinhua news agency.
About 30 people opposed to the move gathered Monday morning at the party office, and throughout the day the crowd swelled to several thousand before “some complaining people attacked (the) Municipal Committee office building, smashed some vehicles and office facilities,” Xinhua reported.
The May earthquake killed tens of thousands of people across northwestern China. In Longnan, 275 people died and another 6,000 were injured. More than a million homes were destroyed or damaged.