13 de­tained over street protests in Wukan vil­lage

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHENG CAIXIONG in Guangzhou

Po­lice de­tained 13 res­i­dents of Wukan vil­lage in Lufeng, Guang­dong province, on Tues­day, ac­cus­ing them of dis­rupt­ing pub­lic or­der and in­cit­ing il­le­gal as­sem­blies.

A state­ment from the Lufeng city bureau of pub­lic se­cu­rity, re­leased on Tues­day, named the lead­ers of the protests as Cai Jialin, Zhang Xiangkeng and Yang Jinzhen.

The protests dis­rupted so­cial or­der, pre­vent­ing fish­er­men from go­ing to work and oth­ers from open­ing their shops for busi­ness, the state­ment said. Crowds also dis­rupted the nor­mal op­er­a­tions of schools, it said.

“The be­hav­ior of the sus­pects se­verely dam­aged lo­cal life and ex­erted a bad in­flu­ence on Wukan,” the state­ment said. “Po­lice have there­fore de­tained the 13 for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in an ef­fort to safe­guard the in­ter­ests of res­i­dents and to re­store or­der.”

Wukan came un­der the me­dia spot­light at home and abroad in 2011 when vil­lagers staged three large-scale ral­lies over four months protest­ing what they said was lo­cal of­fi­cials’ il­le­gal land grabs, cor­rup­tion and vi­o­la­tions of fi­nanc­ing and elec­tion rules.

The ral­lies fi­nally came to an end when an agree­ment was reached in face-to-face talks be­tween res­i­dents and se­nior Guang­dong provin­cial of­fi­cials in 2012.

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