Date
26 September 2017
Villagers carrying Chinese flags protest at Wukan village in a picture taken in June. Photo: Reuters
Villagers carrying Chinese flags protest at Wukan village in a picture taken in June. Photo: Reuters

China arrests 13 in dawn raid on restive Wukan village

Chinese police fired tear gas and rubber bullets in a massive dawn raid Tuesday in Wukan village in the southern province of Guangdong to suppress a new spate of protests.

Armed police with riot gear descended on the village and took into custody several people who were seen as leaders of the demonstrations.

There were some clashes as security personnel entered people’s homes and made arrests.

The Wall Street Journal cited police as saying that 13 people were arrested for inciting and taking part in protests.

Authorities said the situation was returning to normal, and warned people against spreading false information.

Wukan hit global headlines in 2011 after villagers rebelled against local leaders they accused of seizing their land.

The protests ended peacefully after the party secretary of Guangdong sent a top lieutenant to negotiate with protest leaders and arranged new local elections.

Protests started again in June when authorities detained Lin Zuluan, the popular party secretary, and accused him of taking bribes, the Journal noted.

The demonstrations then flared up anew last week after a court sentenced Lin to three years in prison for taking bribes. 

The villagers believe the charges against Lin are trumped up. 

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