Saturday, July 23, 2005

Chinese Village Battle

Back in June, Chinese farmers in Shengyou village of Hebei province were attacked by a private militia of corporate goons, like a scene right out of a John Steinbeck novel about events during the American Depression years. Some 300 hired men armed with clubs and rifles descended upon the village protest and fought a fierce battle with the farmers, six of whom were killed. At issue was their land: a power plant wanted the farmland for its ash storage, and conflict over land rights had been escalating for about a year.

In today's update, those farmers have won a dispute over land rights.

The June clashes, in which six people died, were filmed by a local and given widespread publicity abroad. To see the footage, follow this link to video


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