Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Worlds colliding

Some reports suggest that there are hundreds of confrontations every year between farmers and Communist Party/government developers who want the land. Few of them are reported by Western media.

Land deal stand-off continues in China village
A stand-off is continuing a tiny hamlet in China's southern Yunnan province following a violent confrontation between villagers and police last week.

A few hundred residents of Guangji are surrounded by police eager to arrest those involved in the clashes.

Forty-four villagers and 27 police were hurt in the clashes, which began when police tried to arrest two villagers.

Wang Zhengrong, 69, and his son, Wang Chunyun are leading the village fight against a land deal.

The villagers are fighting to save their farm land from provincial developers who are building a $3.6bn dollar tourist attraction on the site…

Guangji is a 30-minute drive south of Yunnan's capital, Kunming. Twelve villages shared the farm land that is earmarked for the province's new "Ancient City" project, a vast recreation of traditional Chinese buildings dating back to Yunnan's ancient Dian Kingdom, which began in the 4th Century BC.

The project, which has high-level support from Yunnan's Communist Party leaders, is slated to cover approximately 20,000 acres, say the villagers.

Half of that land has already been claimed by the project's developers. The people in Guangji are fighting to protect 4000 acres of land that lies closest to their homes, while nearby villages are pitching in to try to save the rest. They too, have seen their share of violent confrontations with the authorities in recent months…

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