Hundreds of riot police in southern China used clubs and tear gas to disperse villagers surrounding a brand-new granary during its ribbon-cutting ceremony, ending an 18-hour standoff and injuring several people, witnesses say.
“They fired hundreds of rounds of tear gas and put up a two-km blockade,” one witness told RFA’s Mandarin service. “The police walked over the villagers who were sitting on the ground, including the elderly.”
“They also used police dogs”more than a dozen German shepherds…The elderly villagers were just sitting on the ground. But the police did not treat them as humans. They just stampeded over them.”
“Our country is now rich enough to help Africa. But villagers in Shunde are in worse shape than the people of Africa,” one villager said. “They care only about how fast the economy is growing. They don’t care if the peasants are without land and livelihood.” [Full Text]