• Water cut off to Chinese rebel village

    by  • December 14, 2011 • Infrawar • 0 Comments

    Rebel Chinese village of Wukan ‘has food for ten days’

    The rebel Chinese village of Wukan, which has driven out the Communist party, has resorted to smuggling in food past a police ring of steel which has cut off its population of more than 20,000.

    A demonstration in the centre of Wukan village, in south China’s Guangdong province.

    Villagers say that they have enough supplies to hold out for only 10 more days.

    Wukan has been encircled by the police cordon since Sunday, after a failed attempt by 1,000 armed police to capture the village. No food or water is allowed in, and no villagers allowed out.

    But the villagers were unbowed yesterday, and their leaders said they had seen signs that the government would “blink first”.

    “We have an old saying here,” said Chen Liangshu, one of the villagers, referring to the legendary aggression of the Wukanese and their neighbours. “In heaven there is the Thunder God, on earth there is Lufeng and Wukan.”

    Trouble in Wukan has been brewing since September, after the fishing village revolted at an attempt to take one of its last parcels of farmland and give it to a major Chinese property developer, Country Garden.

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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


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