Local authorities in a southern Chinese province say they have arrested 13 people who not only illegally detained officials and police officers but also stormed a police station and a township government building because of a dispute over a woman's death.

The violence reflects the deep distrust by members of the public in local government. It also shows their increasing hostility toward local authorities and tendency to take extreme acts.

The county government of Shuangfeng in Hunan province said Friday that the blood relatives of Cao Hui, who died from pesticide poisoning, demanded to know if she was murdered.

It says the relatives and their supporters attacked officials and detained them on Thursday and that several hundred residents stormed government facilities on Friday.