rural unrest

Suicide Bombing at Village Government Office Leaves 5 Dead

A suicide bombing in a rural Guangdong village left five dead and five injured on Monday, March 22. A swiftly imposed media blackout left details of the incident vague but it seems that the attacker, a 59-year-old local, was...

What Will Vice President Biden Find In China?

Evan A. Feigenbaum reports in his blog, Asia Unbound, on Vice President Biden’s recent talk at the opening session of the 2011 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.  Feigenbaum identifies five fundamental Chinese...

‘Thousands Riot’ in China Protest – BBC

From BBC News: A protest staged by thousands of rural workers in central China ended in violent clashes last week, reports say. Several people were injured as up to 20,000 people clashed with 1,000 police in Hunan province on Friday, a local official told Reuters news agency. The Boxun Chinese news website said the clash […]

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 […]

Chinese Police Use Tear Gas, Clubs To End Standoff – RFA

From Radio Free Asia: Hundreds of riot police in southern China used clubs and tear gas to disperse villagers surrounding a brand-new granary during its ribbon-cutting ceremony, ending an 18-hour standoff and injuring several people, witnesses say. “They fired hundreds of rounds of tear gas and put up a two-km blockade,” one witness told RFA’s […]

Wen flies into human rights storm – Jonathan Watts

The Guardian seizes on Wen Jiabao‘s impending visit to the UK to summarize recent crackdowns on dissenting voices: The Chinese prime minister, Wen Jiabao, flew into London today amid rising international criticism of his government’s crackdown on lawyers, journalists, NGOs and civil liberties activists. In the most repressive phase since Mr Wen and President Hu […]

Police turn water cannon on rural protest in China – Jonathan Watts

From the Guardian (link): Thousands of Chinese villagers have clashed with police over access to irrigation water, leading to at least one death and five injuries, the local media reported yesterday. Amid a rise in violent rural unrest, the authorities used water cannon and tear gas to break up an angry protest in the village […]

Chinese Peasants Turn Their Rage On Authorities – Edward Cody

From the Washington Post: It was well past midnight when the peasants finished piling up fragrant tobacco leaves, more than 1,000 pounds of them stacked 10 feet high on the back of a rented truck. In the still darkness, they pulled slowly out of Shangdeng village, bumped along a dirt road for a few miles […]

Dozens injured as police, farmers clash in China – Reuters

From Reuters: More than 2,000 disgruntled farmers have clashed with hundreds of policemen in China’s northern region of Inner Mongolia in a land dispute that injured dozens, sources said on Wednesday. The July 21 clash in Qianjin village, a part of Tongliao city about 725 km (450 miles) northeast of Beijing, was one of a […]

Howard W. French: Riots in a Village in China as Pollution Protest Heats Up

From the New York Times: After three nights of increasingly heavy rioting, the police were taking no chances on Monday, deploying dozens of busloads of officers before dusk and blocking eve Protesters, who say the pharmaceuticals factory at Xinchang pollutes their water, were blocked on Monday by police barricades. There is rising discontent in China […]



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