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Chinese officials punished for deadly demolition

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December 8, 2012 07:40 AM EST | AP


BEIJING — Chinese state media say 17 officials and workers have been punished after two people died during the forced demolition of a building.

The official Xinhua News Agency says a cement board fell from the illegally constructed building as It was being demolished Friday in Renhuai city in southwest China's Guizhou province, killing two workers and injuring three others.

Xinhua said Saturday that local residents carried the bodies to the city government building, causing a disturbance.

It said three officials were criminally detained for dereliction of duty, five others were suspended, and nine workers involved in the demolition were detained.

Forced demolition is common in China, as local governments try to remake their cities. But it is rare for officials or demolition workers to be punished.