Monday, February 17, 2014

Chinese poultry farmers protest about bird flu

Poultry farmers in southern China are protesting the lack of government compensation as the H7N9 strain of bird flu continues to spread.

About 500 farmers in Guangzhou in Guangdong Province gathered on Monday to protest what they called an inadequate response to the problem.

The H7N9 strain of the avian flu virus is spreading to humans in eastern and southern China. More than 200 people have been infected, of which about 50 have died. Live poultry markets have been shut down temporarily.

Protesters in Guangzhou marched to a local government office, chanting that the government has done nothing for them.

They stood face-to-face with about 70 police officers for about an hour. Some participants were detained.

This is the second time since last month that poultry farmers in Guangdong Province have taken to the streets.