China cracks down on rebel village of Shangpu

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  1. Daredevil

    Daredevil On Vacation! Administrator

    Apr 5, 2009
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    "Around 60 people were injured, mostly older people. Some of them had broken bones, one had a stun grenade explode in his face and may need to go to the provincial hospital," he added.

    Other villagers said they had fought back for around three hours using spades, stones and wooden sticks, and that the police had departed in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    Several of the security officers, who villagers believe were sent by the local government, wore plain clothes.

    However, one paramilitary policeman posted his own account of the raid on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter.

    "We have returned victorious, how exciting! Tossing stones, throwing flash grenades, stun grenades, tear gas, really exciting but very tiring too.

    Luckily we all came back without injury," wrote Chen Zhiming.

    For the last three weeks or so, the villagers of Shangpu have been locked in a stand-off with the local government over a 33 hectare plot of land that they claim was sold out from underneath them without their consent.

    In late February, several hundred thugs armed with steel pipes and spades threatened the village with retribution if they did not accept the deal.

    The villagers, however, retaliated and chased the thugs away, burning many of their cars and then using the wrecks as a barricade to block the road.




    A spokesman for the local government said the intervention on Sunday had been to clear the road for traffic, but declined to comment further.

    Despite the raid, and the loss of their barricade, villagers said they would continue to press for the return of their land.

    "We are still not happy because the land contract has not been returned to us. We are defending the village now with live-or-die determination," said the villager. He added that he expected more senior Communist party leaders to make a decision.

    The villagers have already won a partial victory. Li Baoyu, the head of the village committee who sold the land has been arrested and the authorities said they are seeking several others.

    Meanwhile, the authorities in nearby Jieyang city have reportedly agreed to scrap the land deal, but have yet to deliver written proof to the villagers.

    The protest was remarkably similar to the dispute in Wukan, just 62 miles away, in late 2011. In Wukan, villagers forced through new democratic elections after chasing out the local Communist party and successfully repelling the police for several weeks.

    China cracks down on rebel village of Shangpu - Telegraph
  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    This is what happens when autocratic means are adopted to implement policies, no matter how good such policies are.

    People are always concerned about their own first and then think about the nation!
  4. s002wjh

    s002wjh Senior Member Senior Member

    Jul 9, 2009
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    force land grapping by the local government for profit is a HUGE issue in china. most riot/protest are caused by this issue
  5. rock127

    rock127 Maulana Rockullah Senior Member

    Aug 12, 2009
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    This reminds me of the film "Kung Fu Hustle" where there was a Axe Gang.

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