A riot breaks out in China after a cleric from Hui Muslims beaten in a scuffle
Internet users' posts about the riot, which was started by Hui Muslims at a highway toll station due to a cleric from their community to being beaten a scuffle, scrubbed off Chinese microblogs
Chinese internet users have flooded government social media accounts with thousands of angry anti-Islamic comments after unverified videos surfaced online showing an apparent riot by members of a Muslim minority in a northern city.
The furious comments posted this week on the official microblog sites of the Tangshan city police bureau, the Communist Youth League and elsewhere have centered on unconfirmed reports that dozens of Hui Muslims rioted at a highway toll station after a cleric from their community was beaten or hurt in a scuffle.
Calls to police and government offices at various districts in Tangshan city where the riot allegedly occurred rang unanswered Tuesday.
Users complained about having their posts about the riot scrubbed off Chinese microblogs, while internet searches of the terms "Muslim Tangshan" were blocked.