December 14, 2011
Villagers in Wukan, China have chased away local police and government after a mass protest against corruption.
The situation has been brewing for months, with violent riots breaking out in September too. People are upset over local corruption, particularly regarding seizures of agricultural land to build housing developments. Initially it seemed like the protest movement was working as the government agreed to review all land deals going back to 1976.
Moore tweets: “At the edge of town, around 100 palatial three and four storey houses now upsetting villagers – they were built on farmland. #Wukan:
Wukan is now under siege and blockade, with around ten days of food remaining, according to Moore.
The Chinese government tolerates some government protests as long as they aren’t directed against the central government. Beijing now has three options, according to commentary by China Geek’s C. Custer:
Here are a few pictures of the rebellion from Weibo (via China Geeks).
This article was posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 4:27 am