Geoffrey York: Peasants fighting back in rural China

From The Globe and Mail:

For the second time in recent weeks, Chinese peasants have emerged victorious from violent clashes sparked by protests against government land-development schemes.

The bloody clashes are the latest signs of mounting unrest in rural China, where villagers are fighting back against government efforts to seize their land for industrial developments.

Protests have been steadily rising across China in recent years, although they remain disorganized and fragmented. Land grabs, where impoverished peasants often fail to get proper compensation, are among the main reasons for the violent conflicts that often explode in the wake of the rural protests.

June 18, 2005 4:06 PM
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