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China govt pays cash to placate rioters: state media

BEIJING (AFP) — Authorities in a southern Chinese city have offered a cash payment to the relatives of a motorcyclist whose death prompted hundreds of rioters to attack police, state media reported on Sunday.

The city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province was calm on Sunday, police told AFP, following riots that broke out Friday afternoon and raged into the early hours of Saturday.

The violence was sparked by anger over the death of Li Guochao, 31, who crashed into a lamppost after a local police official threw a walkie-talkie at him as he sped away from a checkpoint, according to police officials.

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