3,000 Villagers Protest in Eastern China

The AP reports of a protest over a government land seizure in Zhejiang:

More than 3,000 villagers in eastern China blocked a highway and clashed with police while protesting alleged official corruption in a land compensation deal, a human rights monitor and a witness said Sunday.

Ten residents of Shipu town, in Zhejiang province, were injured in the clash with more than 300 riot police Saturday, the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said in a faxed statement…

The resident of Shipu, interviewed by phone, said the protesters accuse local officials of arranging a deal in which villagers were paid far less than market value for their land. He would only give his surname, Chen… “The villagers want the local authorities to address the corruption and the central government to intervene in this case, but some local officials have been preventing this information from getting to the relevant authorities,” Chen said.

July 26, 2009 7:12 AM
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