Wukan, China - village under seige?

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Dec 14 2011 12:04
Wukan, China - village under seige?

A friend posted a link to this on Facebook, anyone know anything more?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8954315/Inside-Wukan-the-Chinese-village-that-fought-back.html

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For the first time on record, the Chinese Communist party has lost all control, with the population of 20,000 in this southern fishing village now in open revolt.
The last of Wukan’s dozen party officials fled on Monday after thousands of people blocked armed police from retaking the village, standing firm against tear gas and water cannons.
Since then, the police have retreated to a roadblock, some three miles away, in order to prevent food and water from entering, and villagers from leaving. Wukan’s fishing fleet, its main source of income, has also been stopped from leaving harbour.
The plan appears to be to lay siege to Wukan and choke a rebellion which began three months ago when an angry mob, incensed at having the village’s land sold off, rampaged through the streets and overturned cars.
Although China suffers an estimated 180,000 “mass incidents” a year, it is unheard of for the Party to sound a retreat.
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Dec 14 2011 19:58

Updates from Wukan, the fishing village staging open rebellion

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Dec 15 2011 13:54

Photos and write up here also: -

https://plus.google.com/photos/110976337507621308884/albums/5686188005339635873

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Dec 16 2011 00:19

Just came across that Telegraph article. Really impressive and heart-wrenching developments, and things are probably bound to get worse for the villagers.

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Dec 22 2011 15:44

Wukan siege: First crack in the villagers' resolve

Wukan siege: the fallen villager

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Dec 22 2011 15:49

Provincial Officials Meet Leader of Protesters Who Took Over Chinese Village

Lone Wukan report in China’s press

Guangdong extends a firm hand to Wukan villagers

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Dec 22 2011 18:14

No sympathetic action in other villages? It's a shame. There will be no Chinese Spring just yet.

I'm surprised to see that the authorities are so conciliatory. I suppose it's the presence of foreign media. And given that the villagers are clearly not going to give up the only alternative to negotiations is another Tiananmen, which is bad publicity for any country, especially one that relies on foreign industry and exports,

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Dec 22 2011 20:02

Not so!

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china-news/wukan-unrest-spreads-to-neighboring-village-160608.html

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Dec 23 2011 00:59

The land grabs are happening all over China and there is always some sort of action against it, obviously not as big as what has happened at Wukan. But I think people are realising that the more formalised channels that they are going through to resist this stuff doesn't work. I wouldn't be surprised to see some other similar situations happening over the next few months.

Guangdong seems to be a hot bed of activity in China as it's basically the industrial heartland (I think also with its close proximity to Hong Kong it can also be reported on more easily). I know there's been a couple of pretty big strikes going on in Shenzhen and Dongguan recently and it was where the summer of discontent was last year.

I'm trying to keep up with everything that's going on around here but because my Mandarin (and more so Cantonese, which is spoken outside the cities here a lot) is so bad it's hard for me to do as much as I'd like.

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Jan 2 2012 06:24

More!

http://dissentmagazine.org/online.php?id=570

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Jan 2 2012 10:17

new york times discuss the way how high party official approached the protests as a attempt to modernize the state

A Chinese Official Tests a New Political Approach

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Jan 6 2012 10:03

wukan peasant victory sets stage for chinese turmoil

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Despite the blocking of Wukan-related internet searches within China itself, some international media were in town to spread the word, and villagers even set up their own press office. People from nearby villages managed to smuggle food in - their solidarity directly fuelling the resistance. There was also some wealth redistribution from the wealthiest to the poorest, ensuring that everyone would survive the blockade.

Frustrated, the Communist leadership eventually cut a deal. Though details are scarce and unreliable, the provincial government has reportedly agreed to buy back land it had seized, and allow the peasants to collectivise it once more. Detained villagers have been released, and an ‘investigation’ into the death of Xue Jinbao has been announced. It appears as if there was some indication that Wukan peasant delegates would be allowed to stand in local elections, because villagers are now complaining that officials have gone back on their word. This week it was also being reported that Chinese citizens who had expressed sympathy with the uprising were being called in “to drink tea” with police.

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Jan 16 2012 12:29

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-16571568

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The leader of protests against land grabs in a southern Chinese village has been appointed its new chief.