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Protester sets self on fire in Tiananmen Square

A Chinese man set himself alight in Tiananmen Square last month, authorities said Thursday, the first such protest reported in the politically sensitive heart of the capital in more than a decade. Police moved quickly to put out the fire and the 42-year-old man survived, the Beijing Public Security Bureau…

China’s Ai Weiwei will fight tax charges ‘to the death’

BEIJING (Reuters) – Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei vowed on Wednesday to fight tax evasion charges “to the death”, a day after the government ordered a company linked to him to pay 15 million yuan ($2.4 million) in back taxes and fines. The 54-year-old artist, who has been a thorn…

Hundreds of protesters attack police station in China

Hundreds of protesters attacked a police station in southern China and ransacked vehicles, leaving dozens injured in the latest unrest to hit China’s industrial heartland, authorities said on Friday. It was the latest in a series of protests sparked by perceived social injustices in Guangdong, known as the workshop of…

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