Protest at ar­rest of leader

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Res­i­dents in a vil­lage in south­ern China took to the streets yes­ter­day to protest the de­ten­tion of the vil­lage’s demo­crat­i­cal­ly­elected leader. The protests in Wukan came nearly five years af­ter an upris­ing there made the fishing vil­lage in Guang­dong prov­ince, next to Hong Kong, an in­ter­na­tion­ally known sym­bol of grass-roots de­fi­ance against China’s rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party. Res­i­dents say po­lice swooped in late on Fri­day to sur­round gov­ern­ment build­ings and take away Wukan’s leader, Lin Zu­luan, who had planned to hold a meet­ing with res­i­dents on Tues­day to dis­cuss il­le­gal land grabs. Pros­e­cu­tors in the city of Lufeng, which ad­min­is­ters Wukan, said he was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated on sus­pi­cion of tak­ing bribes. Yes­ter­day, res­i­dents said that thou­sands of peo­ple in Wukan spon­ta­neously marched to call for Lin’s re­lease and the re­turn of land sold by past lead­ers.

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