Chinese farmers have long taken the brunt of relocation or other land grabbing projects in rural China. Now plans to build a panda site in Sichuan‘s Chengdu City have reportedly turned into violence against local villagers in at Huilong (ÂõûÈæôÊùë), where people refused to move due to the low compensations, Radio Free Asia learned from Huang Qi (ÈªÑÁê¶), founder of Liu Si Tian Wang (ÂÖ≠ÂõõÂ§©ÁΩë).
Two groups at the village received about 22 million yuan, but farmers suspected nearly 30 million yuan other than that disappeared. Thus, people started going to the street to protest over low compensations.
Then local government officials resorted to violence, handcuffing those who made the trip to petitions office and beating people up.
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– Photos and original report by Liu Si Tian Wang