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Government Back Down to Wukan, China

  We just wrote about the Wukan protest and how they’re making a difference. Days later, the Wukan protest ended and the government offered concessions. From Reuters: “Senior officials negotiating with villagers agreed to release three men held over land protests in September, when a government office was trashed, and to re-examine the cause of Xue’s death, a village organizer said earlier.” Will the government really hold up their end? The protestors say they’ll get back to protesting if the government doesn’t hold up their end. Did the government do this just to quell an incident they may call minor? There’s been a death involved and perhaps they don’t want other villages doing the same thing. Either way, Wukan stood up. (Reuters...

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Occupy Wukan, China – Protest Continues

  Wukan Protests. It’s about land. A company comes in and takes over disputed land. The locals say it’s for agriculture. A protest begins and the villagers negotiator, Xue Jinbo “dies in custody.” The protests have been going on for months and it’s sheer sign of a changing environment. How will it end? “Protests against official misconduct are increasingly common in fast-developing China, but Wukan residents have taken things a step further, erecting barricades over the weekend to keep police out and posing a challenge to the authoritarian government.” (huffingtonpost – Wukan Protest)

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