Villager Dies in Guangdong Land Clashes – RFA

 English News 2006 02 16 Gdongfarmer200 From Radio Free Asia:

One villager was beaten to death and another is hospitalized in critical condition after a showdown between construction workers and residents on a small island in southern China’s Pearl River delta.

“A man in his 40s whose surname was Chen and whose nickname was Daliu died en route to the hospital,” an eyewitness told RFA’s Mandarin service. “More than 10 people are injured and hospitalized Of those hospitalized, one person is in critical condition.”

The confrontation occurred Tuesday, March 20, on Guanzhou Island, situated in a tributary of the Pearl River, in the Haizhu district of city. Three witnesses confirmed Chen’s death.

Villagers were already angry at the seizure of farm land by local officials at below-market rates to build an international biosphere as part of the controversial “College City” project. [Full Text]

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