China detains 13 in ‘rebel’ village
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. –
Supporters of jailed Chinese village chief Lin Zuluan hold placards and chant slogans outside the China Liaison Office in Hong Kong on September 9.