Protest at arrest of leader
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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