Wukan Village Protest Draws International Media Attention
The Wukan village mass protest has lasted for three months.
Corruption of local Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials
has sparked the accumulated long term resentment of the people.
Villagers do not trust CCP officials,
nor do China’s media any more.
They have contacted overseas media to expose
The Wall Street Journal quoted villagers as saying that
local CCP officials frequently requisition the farmlands
at a value below the market price,
then sell on to property developers.
Up to 70% of the proceeds are then pocketed
by local officials.
In reality, Wukan village’s official corruption has long existed.
Years ago, NTDTV reported that Wukan villagers’ lands were
secretly sold by local CCP officials.
At that time, the villagers paid high price for locating
an upright official to uphold justice for them.
However, a few years later, the illegal land grabs
still keep occurring.
Last week, local police arrested Wukan villager’s leader,
Xue Jinbo, who suddenly died in custody.
This time, the event enraged the entire population of
villagers do not trust the CCP officials,
nor do they trust China’s media any more.
They contacted overseas media outlets to disclose
the long-term suppression that they have suffered.
Overseas media reporters broke through the blockade into
Wukan village, witnessing thousands of angry villagers raising their fists,
holding banners and chanting to defend their farmlands
to the death.
Villagers lined up to bow to the portrait of deceased Xue Jinbo,
while weeping women were so moved that they knelt down.
The CCP officials not only grabbed Wukan villagers’ lands,
but cut off the village’s supplies of water, electricity, and even food.
Commentor Wu Fan appeals to the U.N. to be concerned
about the situation.
Wu Fan says: “I hope they can exert pressure through diplomacy,
by economic or political means,
and help Chinese people to obtain their freedom and democracy.
In the same way as the EU and U.S. gave support to countries
like Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, helping them to take the path of democratization.
I hope the international powers can intervene in this issue, and
offer a helping hand to the Chinese people to get through this crisis."
Holding sticks, the Wukan village residents forced back
heavily armed CCP police.
Since December 12, the day on which the last local CCP
official fled, the 20,000-population of Wukan village has been completely beyond the CCP’s control.
It is the first time that an incident has gotten out of control
since the CCP came to power in China in 1949.
Wu Fan says : “I hope they can stick to it, and arouse
nationwide sympathy and support.
Now I call on China’s people to give support to Wukan villagers,
the same as they did for Ai Weiwei.
Civilians in China should pay attention to the oppression of
peasants, and encourage them to persist in fight against the CCP.
When such a seed is planted, it will flower and produce fruit."
The Wukan village protest has been reported widely online.
Plans of to stage demonstrations to give support were said
to be in preparation in the neighboring villages and also in Guangzhou city.
The Wall Street Journal reporter was prevented by
armed police from entering Wukan village.
Hundreds of armed police besieged the village,
with many armed with automatic weapons and there were dozens of patrolling police cars.
Zhang Tianliang says: “In terms of massive protests in defense
if only the entire population could regard disintegrating CCP
and ending its dictatorship as a common goal,
I believe such localized protests could be integrated
into one movement.
If localized protests could follow the actions of Wukan village
to end the CCP’s local rule, setting it as a specific goal,
then I believe that on a definite day in the near future,
freedom will become a reality in China."
Zhang Tianliang adds that Wukan villagers think that
the source of their present plight stems from the institution of the CCP itself.
Wukan villagers have vowed to continue fighting for justice
and to defend their lands.
NTD reporters Chang Chun, Huang Rong and Wang Mingyu