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Farmer-Turned-Activist Plants Seeds of Reform

The Washington Post, as part of its “Innovators” series, profiles rural activist Lu Banglie: Although China’s peasants have repeatedly resorted to violence in recent years, most confrontations have been...

‘Some villagers are angry, but most are just afraid’ – Jonathan Watts

From Guardian Unlimited (link): Being an opposition candidate in a one-party state was never going to be easy, but Feng Qiusheng took more of a risk than most when he decided to run for the People’s Congress in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. This was not just because his previous attempt to defend human […]

Phoenix Weekly Interviews Lu Banglie – Ma Ya

From Phoenix Weekly, translated by ESWN: In the recall incident at Taishi village, Panyu, Guangdong, a surprising figure is the young peasant Lu Banglie who was once reported in the media for being elected as the Hubei province...

In Chinese Uprisings, Peasants Find New Allies – Edward Cody

From Washington Post: By the time Lu Banglie drove toward the village of Taishi that night, his photograph had already been distributed to local police stations. So when camouflage-clad men guarding the village entrance stopped his taxi and peered inside, Lu recalled, they immediately shouted, “It’s him! It’s him!” and yanked him out by the […]

Beaten activist to go back to Taishi village – Leu Siew Ying

From Asia Media: An activist who was badly beaten while trying to help Taishi residents oust a local official for alleged corruption plans to return to the village tomorrow, as scholars resume criticism of the government attack on grass-roots democracy. “I plan to return to Taishi on November 20,” said Lu Banglie, who was beaten […]

Brazen beatings expose practices by local officials – Paul Wiseman

From Usa Today, via Yahoo!news: Two particularly brazen cases over the past few months have exposed the way local strongmen are using hired thugs to smother grass-roots democracy and prevent ordinary Chinese people from asserting their rights. In Taishi, a prosperous village of 2,000 in Guangdong province across the border from Hong Kong, citizens attempted […]

Chinese peasants defend lands, village democracy

From the World War 4 Report: The Epoch Times, an international publication run by Chinese exiles harshly opposed to the People’s Republic government, ran a synopsis Oct. 15 of its ongoing coverage of the rural conflict in Taishi, a village in Guangdong now occupied by police following protests against municipal corruption. This story says much […]

A true story about Taishi village incident

From ChinaDaily: A spokesman for the Panyu district government, in an interview with www.southcn.com on October 21, revealed a detailed, true story about the Taishi village incident. The following is a digest of the exclusive interview. The spokesman was also interviewed on October 15 on the same matter. The entire process – from the time […]

Journalists divided over condemnation – Simon Parry

From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media: Overseas journalists working in Shanghai have issued a statement condemning the violence in Taishi and the attacks on pro-democracy activist Lu Banglie and on reporters covering the unrest. However, the statement from the 140-member Foreign Correspondents’ Club was only issued after heated debate among members over […]

Q & A with government spokesperson about the Taishi incident

ESWN has translated a Q & A (scroll down to bottom of page) between a reporter for Nanfang Net and a Panyu District government spokesperson about the recall effort in Taishi village, including the recent attack on activist Lu Banglie: Around 8:40pm on September 8, Lu Banglie brought two foreigners into Taishi village in a […]

Seeing and believing in China – Ian Mayes

From The Guardian: On Thursday last week the Guardian carried the following note in its daily corrections column: “In a report headed ‘They beat him until he was lifeless‘: How democracy activist in China’s new frontline was left for dead after a brutal attack by a uniformed mob (front page, October 10) we said that […]

Lu Banglie at Baoyuesi Village – ESWN

From The EastSouthWestNorth blog: (Nanfang Weekend) Lu Banglie: The Difficult Road To “Govern” For A Village Official. October 8, 2004. [translation] “How shall I proceed?” In late August, 33-year-old Lu Banglie wrote to the outside world. Four months ago, Lu was elected as the new director of Baoyuesi village, Zhijiang City, Hubei Province and he […]

Chinese activist vows to continue, despite beating – Jonathan Watts

From the Guardian: Mr Lu was beaten when he took the Guardian’s Shanghai correspondent to Taishi, the focus of a campaign by locals and civil rights activists to unseat the village chief, who they have accused of corruption… Mr Lu said yesterday that he knew it was dangerous, and that he was used to the […]

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