Police Close in on South China Hostage Dispute – RFA
Hundreds of police have moved into Dongzhou (‰∏úÊ¥≤) village near the southern Chinese port of Shanwei (Ê±ïÂ∞æ) after a six-day standoff in which villagers detained eight officials to demand the release of a local activist, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports.
On Nov. 9, Dongzhou police detained villager Chen Qian, described by neighbors busy hanging anti-corruption banners in the village when he was taken into custody. Hundreds of villagers went to the neighborhood committee the following day to demand his release and took eight village cadres hostage when they refused, villager said.
Another villager said Internet cafes in and around Dongzhou, which is in the eastern part of Guangdong province (Âπø‰∏úÁúÅ), had been ordered shut by local authorities. “They were all shut down. They did not want the local news to get out. …” [Full Text]
– CDT’s coverage on Dongzhou incident