Violence Flares in Chinese Village – AFP

Violence has again erupted in Shengyou, and foreign journalists have again been detained for trying to cover it. From AFP:

Police in Shengyou village, Hebei province, detained two foreign journalists from Agence France-Presse on Wednesday after the reporters entered the village to confirm reports of August 28 clashes between police and villagers.

The violence erupted as villagers sought compensation following the recent death of a local farmer from injuries suffered when up to 260 armed thugs descended onto the area in June 2005 to evict villagers, locals said. [Full text]

BBC journalist Dan Griffiths also wrote about his experience being questioned in Shengyou last week.

September 13, 2007 11:46 AM
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