Village killings that China concealed – Michael Sheridan

From The Times Online:

THE chain of events that led to numerous deaths at the hands of the police in a village in southern China began with a bitter feud over one of the oldest of all Chinese traditions, the ancestral grave.

Inquiries last week established that the death toll in Dongzhou, near Shanwei city, on a night of violence on December 6 was closer to the 20 claimed by villagers than to the three acknowledged by the government.

An angry demonstration over compensation for land ended with village women on their knees, burning joss sticks as they pleaded with the police for the bodies of their menfolk.

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