Wukan conflict still unresolved, villagers seeking legal assistance
The Wukan incident in Guangdong has attracted worldwide
Foreign media coverage of tens of thousands of villagers
risking their lives has forced the Chinese regime to give in.
However, after two weeks, none of the conditions that the
villagers asked for have been met.
On Jan 5, some villagers sought legal assistance. A Beijing
human rights lawyer urges lawyers to help the villagers.
After major protests broke out at the end of 2011,
Guangdong Chinese Communist Party (CCP) secretary
Zhu Mingguo verbally accepted some of the villagers’
conditions, but did anything happen since?
Wukan villagers expressed that grievances are unresolved,
and Zhu Mingguo agreements not have been met.
Three villagers that were arrested have been released on
bail, but not unconditionally released.
Villager Zhang Jianguo denies the “damaging public property”
charge against him and is seeking legal assistance.
Beijing Human Rights Lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan told NTD he
received a call from a Wukan villager.
They were seeking legal assistance.
Since the incident is so big, Liu posted on his micro-blog,
seeking to form a group of lawyers to go to Wukan.
Liu Xiaoyuan, “Villagers called seeking legal inquiry.
They only mentioned they’re seeking help from a lawyer.
Lawyers told me they will provide legal help. 2-3 (lawyers)
said if I go, they might as well.”
A villager Mr. Wang expressed, the regime originally agreed
to return the body of Xue Jinbo who was beaten to death.
Now they claim they need further investigation, and won’t
return the body to the family.
Zhang Jiangcheng was held in the same Detention Center
as Xue Jinbo.
The night when Xue Jinbo died, Zhang heard painful cries
for a long time.
When he got out, someone warned him not to say anything.
Zhang Jiangcheng, “We were detained and continuously
questioned for 30+ hours. On the second say, they told us to leave first.
When Xue Jinbo came out, he was carried out by over 10
people, and had already died.”
CCP Guangdong Secretary Zhu Mingguo also agreed to
resolve land disputes, but it’s still under investigation.
Wukan villager Mr. Wang, “[Land dispute] is still under
It’s still hard to say, waiting for their results, hard to say until
the decisions come.”
Another villager Mr. Cai expressed, if they don’t return the
land after the investigation, villagers plan to petition again.
The regime also accepted the “Temporary Wukan Village
Council“ elected by villagers.
Now, however, the regime wants a re-election, and wants
to appoint the village secretary.
They want to temporarily assign village representative
Lin Zuluan as vice-secretary.
The regime also formed a list of 130 peoples names for the
Villager Mr. Cai, “All of them are old cadres, old village
secretaries. We don’t approve, they are just like before.
Everyone knows, they’ll sell land, sell our farm land,
corrupted… they all have a part in that.
The amount of money is huge, too large; they sold 80% of
our village farmland.”
Mr. Cai also expressed, the regime is also closely monitoring
A week ago, villager Lin Sen committed suicide after being
repeatedly harassed by the regime.
Mr. Cai, “People from Donghai county government keep
calling to harass us.
He [villager Lin Sen] was really scared, so he drank pesticide
to commit suicide.”
China News Weekly reports the regime’s guard against the
village increased, despite the incident seeming to calm down.
In front of the house of the village representative Lin Sen,
the regime setup eight different spy cameras in all directions.
Villagers are worried that once the media coverage dies
down, the regime will take revenge on those involved.
NTD reporters Lin Li, Li Yun and Wang Mingyu