China: Dispossessed Farmers Beaten – John Kennedy

From GlobalVoice Online:

A self-shot video posted anonymously yesterday to , China’s largest video sharing website, is titled:The Government Uses Force to Level the Ground and Beats Up a Crowd of People.

The crowd shouts: the developer is using force to repropriate the land, the government supports them. Where’s the lawÔºüWhere’s the justice?? A bare breast with signs of assault is shown at the end of the video.

The beating seems to have taken place in Zhangsheliangcai Village, Shangdunbo Township, Fuzhou City, Jiangxi Province and against the residents of Village Group 2. A semi-thorough Google search brings up no other accounts of the attack, but a little more Googling brings up an old statement on the local Fuzhou government website which writes that the numbers of evicted Shangdunbo Township farmers in 2001 going to petition first to the provincial capital and from there to Beijing were so high that in 2002 this small city district became one of the ‘top ten key management areas in the province’, that efforts were made to resolve “the conflict” and that from that point on there were no more petitions coming out of Shangdunbo Township.

Coincidentally, 2002 is when whoever posted the video to claims that their no longer had any effect. The government statement, which appears to have run at the time in the Fuzhou Daily newspaper, is dated 2003. A little more Googling turns up another (and there are more) old document also from the Fuzhou City Shangdunbo Township government, this time dated 2004, which calls for interested investors, given the government’s inability to borrow or raise sufficient funds at the time. A contact name and number is provided there. [Full Text]

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