Violence in China’s ‘democracy’ village

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Amateur video from the fishing community of Wukan shows residents pelting police with bricks, after pre-dawn raids in the village considered the benchmark of grassroots democracy in China. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Violence in China’s ‘democracy’ village

Activists say they shot this video in the southern Chinese fishing village of Wukan.

Residents there are angry over the jailing of their popular, elected village chief Lin Zuluan a few days ago.

They say Tuesday’s unrest began after pre-dawn raids by hundreds of police which included house-to-house searches.

Riot police fired reportedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters, who were pelting them with bricks.

At least 13 people were arrested.

More video purports to show the injured being treated at a local hospital.

Wukan has been a symbol of grassroots democracy and rural defiance in China since an uprising in 2011, over local government corruption.

The so-called Wukan issue led Communist authorities to grant the village direct elections for the following year.

But human rights goups say Tuesday’s crackdown is meant as a warning to neighboring villages not to stage their own protests.

Meanwhile, Wukan residents say their internet connection has been severed and that their village is under police lock down.

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