China: chants of "Down with corrupt officials!" and "Return the land!"

Tony Gosling tony at
Fri Dec 16 00:54:15 GMT 2011

China's Wukan village stands up for land rights - BBC video report
Wukan - home to more than 10,000 people - is a 
village in revolt.  Local officials have fled and 
the villagers have set up makeshift roadblocks - 
branches covering the street - at the village's entrances.
This week the villagers' fury reached a new pitch 
after they alleged that the authorities had 
beaten to death one of their own. That is denied 
by local officials, who say the villager died of 
natural causes while being held in police 
custody. But in the early afternoon thousands of 
people gathered to call for justice. They heard 
village elders speaking under a giant pagoda. 
There were chants of "Down with corrupt 
officials!" and "Return the land!" Many also 
chanted "Long Live the Communist Party!"

China must end land grabs, amid protests over death in custody
Posted: 14 December 2011
Amnesty International today called on the Chinese 
authorities to end violent and illegal land 
grabs, as protests by villagers in the southern 
province of Guangdong continued following the 
death in custody of land rights advocate Xue Jinbo.
Villagers in Wukan have been protesting what they 
said was the local government’s latest attempt to 
secretly sell off their farmland to developers. 
The villagers said local Communist Party 
officials had not consulted them on the sale and 
that they only learned of it after construction work began.
Xue Jinbo, 43, died on Sunday, his third day in 
custody. He was one of five people detained last 
Friday on suspicion of leading a demonstration in 
September, during which protesters stormed 
government buildings and overturned police cars. 
Riot police responded by beating up villagers, 
including at least two children, according to media reports.
Catherine Baber, Amnesty International’s Deputy 
Director for the Asia-Pacific, said: “The 
authorities must allow an immediate and 
independent investigation into the death of Xue 
Jinbo, to prove that he did not die because of 
ill treatment or torture at the hands of the authorities.
“Sadly, despite government rhetoric pledging to 
protect citizens during evictions, we continue to 
document reports of residents getting beaten up, 
detained, or even killed while trying to protect 
their land—sometimes by the very authorities who are supposed to protect them.”
Family members and villagers told reporters that 
Xue Jinbo appeared to have been tortured as he 
had dark bruises and cuts on his face, as well as 
what appeared to be two broken thumbs.
Officials from Shanwei City, which oversees 
Wukan, said in a statement that they interrogated 
Xue twice during his time in custody. They claim 
he “confessed” to being part of the 21 September 
incident, to offences including “destroying public property.”
On Sunday, they said, he appeared ill and they 
sent him to the hospital, where he died from 
cardiac failure 30 minutes after arriving. The 
authorities said Zhongshan University Forensic 
Department conducted an “investigation” and 
confirmed the cause of death, but that they would 
be open to the possibility of an autopsy.
Police descended on Wukan on Friday to arrest Xue 
Jinbo and four others who had been representing 
the villagers in the protest against the land 
seizure. On Sunday morning, up to 1,000 armed 
police approached the village, according to media 
reports, but villagers blocked them from 
entering. Police used tear gas and water canon 
against the villagers but in the end retreated, 
forming a blockade around the village.
The forcible and often violent eviction of 
citizens from their homes and farms is a common 
occurrence across China, in cities and in the countryside.
Contrary to international human rights law and 
standards, Chinese citizens rarely have an 
opportunity for genuine consultation before 
eviction, rarely receive adequate information on 
the nature or purpose of the eviction and often 
receive little or no compensation.
Citizens have almost no way to fight a proposed 
eviction. Courts often won’t accept cases related 
to land grabs or eviction for fear of angering 
local officials, who depend on revenues from land 
sales to supplement their budgets.
Earlier in the year, the government passed 
regulations that provide urban residents with 
some protections against forced evictions, but 
the regulations leave the vast majority of 
China's population unprotected, including renters and rural residents.
Catherine Baber said: “China’s leaders have said 
they want local officials to put residents’ 
rights, health and well-being foremost in their 
pursuit of modernisation and growth.
"Unfortunately citizens tell us over and over, 
that their rights are being sacrificed for profit".
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shall not be made known. What I tell you in 
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