Impact of land disputes reaches into politburo-Richard McGregor

From the Financial Times (link):

Wagging his finger like a stern headmaster, Zhang Dejiang glares at passers-by from posters plastered along the alleyways of Nanting village, warning local party bosses not to cross “three red lines” in handling land disputes.

Mr Zhang, the party secretary of Guangdong, issued his province-wide “red lines” directive after a series of violent disputes pitting villagers against local governments, including one in which paramilitary units shot protesters.
But the residents of Nanting, who are refusing to vacate their village to make way for a new university complex without more compensation, take little encouragement from Mr Zhang’s order, issued in late December.

“Whatever Zhang Dejiang says, the local officials will not listen to him,” said Guan Wolun, one of the protest leaders in the village that is nestled next to the bustling Pearl river, a few hours by boat from Hong Kong.

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