Dongzhou Power Station Opened in Spite of Bitter Protest – RFA Unplugged

Unlike in Xiamen, people power did not prevail in Dongzhou following over a year of protests against the construction of a power plant. From RFA, which includes interviews with local residents: The villagers of Dongzhou appear to have been defeated. The Honghaiwan Power Station was inaugurated today with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Some of the […]

China Denies Fresh Stand-off in Troubled Village – Reuters

From Reuters via ABC News: China has denied there had been a new stand-off between residents and authorities in a troubled village where police opened fire on demonstrators protesting against a controversial power plant two years ago. More than 1,000 riot police were sent into Dongzhou village in the southern province of Guangdong to guard […]

Three Arrested as Riot Police Stationed in Dongzhou – RFA Unplugged

Tensions have again escalated in Dongzhou, Guangdong Province, the scene two years ago of riots in which protesters were shot and killled by riot police. From RFA Unplugged: Authorities in the southern port city of Shanwei have drafted large numbers of security forces to Dongzhou township and detained three local residents during police raids where […]

In Booming China, Protests by Poor Escalate – Nicholas Zamiska

From The Wall Street Journal: One afternoon in mid-November, hundreds of farmers surrounded a government building in Dongzhou, a tiny Chinese fishing village northeast of Hong Kong. They were protesting corruption among local officials — one of thousands of such protests across China each year. But according to the government and multiple accounts from villagers, […]

Dongzhou Anniversary Mourning – RFA

From Radio Free Asia’s mandarin service, translated by CDT: A year after Dongzhou shooting last winter, 300-400 local villager walked out to an altar to remember the event in front of portraits of three killed victims during the incident. The mourning was uninterrupted, Radio Free Asia learned from the villagers. But the atmosphere was still […]

Dongzhou Anniversary: Info Freeze – RFA

From Radio Free Asia’s Mandarin service, translated by CDT: Approaching the first anniversary of the Dec. 6 Dongzhou shooting incident last winter, local police and officials have started patrolling and imposing an information blackout around the villages where a military crackdown occurred last year, according to Radio Free Asia. Villagers say there will be some […]

Hostages Freed in China Dispute – BBC

From BBC News: A tense stand-off in a Chinese village has ended after police freed eight officials held hostage by angry residents for nine days, reports say. Residents of Dongzhou in southern Guangdong province seized the officials following the arrest of anti-corruption activist Chen Qian. Eyewitnesses said police stormed a temple where the hostages were […]

Police Close in on South China Hostage Dispute – RFA

From Radio Free Asia: Hundreds of police have moved into Dongzhou (‰∏úÊ¥≤) village near the southern Chinese port of Shanwei (ʱïÂ∞æ) after a six-day standoff in which villagers detained eight officials to demand the release of a local activist, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports. On Nov. 9, Dongzhou police detained villager Chen Qian, described by […]

Villagers Tell of Lethal Attack by Chinese Forces on Protesters – Howard French

From The New York Times: Four days after a lethal assault on protesters by paramilitary forces, a village in southern China remained under heavy police lockdown on Saturday. Residents of the village, Dongzhou, interviewed by telephone from this nearby city, said the police continued to make arrests and bar outsiders from their hamlet.The authorities have […]

20 Reported Killed as Chinese Unrest Escalates (UPDATED) – Howard French

From the New York Times: Residents of a fishing village near Hong Kong said that as many as 20 people had been killed by paramilitary police in an unusually violent clash that marked an escalation in the widespread social protests that have roiled the Chinese countryside. Villagers said that as many as 50 other residents […]



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