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The riot was sparked after urban management officers — a quasi-police force that enforces laws against begging and other petty offenses — were suspected of beating the vendor to death, the newspaper said.

“The unidentified vendor died in front of the gate of a market … which led to the gathering of the local people,” it cited a government statement as saying.

Xinhua News Agency said about 30 protesters and 10 police officers were injured in the unrest.

From wire dispatches and staff reports