China de­tains 13 in ‘rebel’ vil­lage

The Myanmar Times - - World -

CHI­NESE au­thor­i­ties de­tained 13 res­i­dents of the rebel vil­lage of Wukan yes­ter­day af­ter jail­ing its chief – who was elected af­ter lead­ing protests against com­mu­nist of­fi­cials – on cor­rup­tion charges.

Wukan, a 13,000-strong fish­ing vil­lage in the south­ern province of Guang­dong, be­came a sym­bol of re­sis­tance against cor­rup­tion af­ter a mass up­ris­ing over al­legedly il­le­gal land grabs pro­pelled it onto global front pages in 2011.

Lin Zu­lian, who played a key role in those protests, was de­tained in June, and po­lice said that since then vil­lagers had “con­tin­ued to fab­ri­cate ru­mours and de­ploy mea­sures such as threats, in­sults, force and bribes to in­sti­gate, plan and launch il­le­gal mass gath­er­ings”.

Yes­ter­day’s de­ten­tions were for “dis­turb­ing the pub­lic or­der and pub­lic trans­port or­der”, po­lice said.

Af­ter the ar­rests, vil­lagers clashed with po­lice, with se­cu­rity forces us­ing tear gas and rub­ber bul­lets, the South China Morn­ing Post news­pa­per re­ported.

Vil­lagers threw stones at po­lice with riot shields, ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per’s web­site.

Pho­tos pub­lished by the news­pa­per showed blood­ied res­i­dents, and oth­ers wear­ing mo­tor­cy­cle hel­mets and hold­ing bricks. –

Photo: EPA

Sup­port­ers of jailed Chi­nese vil­lage chief Lin Zu­luan hold plac­ards and chant slo­gans out­side the China Li­ai­son Of­fice in Hong Kong on Septem­ber 9.

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