Thousands of villagers have clashed with police in Guangdong Province leaving one woman dead, according to media reports. About 4,000 people gathered in an effort to stop the government removing sluice gates that form part of an irrigation system in Bomei on Wednesday. Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao Daily said crowds were dispersed with tear gas, leading to the death of a woman in her 30s. Villagers fought more than 1,000 police officers with weapons including petrol bombs, the South China Morning Post reported. They erected the gates to help irrigate crops in September, but local authorities have deemed the construction illegal.