June 15, 2005


Chinese Peasants Attacked in Land Dispute: At Least 6 Die as Armed Thugs Assault Villagers Opposed to Seizure of Property (Philip P. Pan, June 15, 2005, Washington Post)

SHENGYOU, China -- Hundreds of men armed with shotguns, clubs and pipes on Saturday attacked a group of farmers who were resisting official demands to surrender land to a state-owned power plant, witnesses said. Six farmers were killed and as many as 100 others were seriously injured in one of China's deadliest incidents of rural unrest in years.

The farmers, who had pitched tents and dug foxholes and trenches on the disputed land to prevent the authorities from seizing it, said they suspected the assailants were hired by corrupt local officials. They said scores of villagers were beaten or stabbed and several were shot in the back while fleeing.

Reached by telephone, a spokesman for the provincial government said he could not confirm or discuss the incident. "So far, we've been ordered not to issue any information about it," he said.

Large contingents of police have been posted around Shengyou, about 100 miles southwest of Beijing, but bruised and bandaged residents smuggled a reporter into the village Monday and led him to a vast field littered with abandoned weapons, spent shell casings and bloody rags. They also provided footage of the melee made with a digital video camera.

Despite the attack, the farmers remained defiant and in control of the disputed land. They also occupied the local headquarters of the ruling Communist Party, where they placed the bodies of six of their slain compatriots.

You bet, just a tweak here and there and they'll be a powerhouse for centuries to come...

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 15, 2005 1:06 PM

Just like the large brained ones advice to go long on the euro.

Posted by: Luciferous at June 15, 2005 4:01 PM

It will get worse before it gets better. Saddam knew the truth, you can wreck the country, but you must never let up on your oppression. The moment you take you foot off their necks, you are doomed.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 15, 2005 10:39 PM
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