The Result of Wukan Election Announced, the U.S. Consulate Visited
The world is widely concerned about the village committee
election of Wukan, a village located in southern China’s Guangdong province.
Recently, it announced the results.
Lin Zuluan, the villager that led the rights’ protests, was elected to be village head.
During the voting, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP)
authority deployed a large number of police to the village for monitoring.
Some officials from the General Consulate of U.S. in
Guangzhou visited, Including Paul Baldwin,
but were convinced to leave by the local Chinese officials.
The following is the detailed report.
Out of the 8,363 registered voters in Wukan, 6,812 voted.
The voter turnout was over 80%.
Lin Zuluan, who won 6,205 votes, was elected as the village
Yang Semao won deputy director of the village committee
with 3,609 votes.
For the other deputy director and 4 committee members,
none won over 50% votes, so there will be a re-election on March 4th.
As representatives of the village autonomous organization,
Lin Zuluan and Yang Semao led villagers to fight for their rights since the Wukan outbreak to protest their land last September.
After several months’ fighting, the CCP authority gave up
and allowed the villagers to vote for their own village committee.
Taiwan “Central News Agency” reported that many Chinese
democracy activists are positive about Wukan’s achievements.
They call it the “Wukan Experience,” and hope this experience
will become a trend that spreads across China.
Ma Xiaoming, a former reporter of Shaanxi TV station:
“Promote or not to promote is the thinking of the CCP.
The most fundamental is that people should be treated
with a basic respect.
The issue is not whether the CCP should promote the Wukan
way, the core is that the CCP must respect the people’s will.”
Ma Xiaoming emphasized that Wukan villagers’ election
is a result of the Wukan people’s continuous fighting.
Ma Xiaoming: “The significance of the Wukan’s fight is that
if the people protest, there will be results. This is the most meaningful.
Any dictatorship or any group who’s against the people
will make concessions under the people’s fighting."
Hong Kong’s “The Sun” reported on Wukan’s Election Day
that the CCP authority deployed a large number of police for monitoring.
Several police vehicles parked in the entrance of the village,
and many police occupied roads and alleys inside the village.
The authority also filmed the reporters’ ID for records.
In front of the polls were 4 armed police and inside were
many plain clothes officers monitoring the protest
representatives and scholars from other cities,
filming their conversations with reporters.
“Central News Agency" analyzed that increasingly more
people treat the Wukan event as an individual case,
and some people even believe that the Wukan experience is
a negative example of the CCP incorporating the human rights activists successfully.
Some days ago, Lin Zuluan was named as CCP Wukan village
secretary by the party.
He was questioned about whether he can protect villagers’
Gao Yu, a former reporter of China News Service:
“CCP doesn’t allow itself to be monitored.
After the 14th National Congress, the leader of CCP became
the chief of People’s Congress, which resulted in corruption.
So, this a necessary concern.
I thought it should be monitored by the votes.”
Global media are very concerned about the Wukan election.
Many media dispatched reporters to the scene, including the
media from U.S., U.K. and Japan.
Many Chinese petitioners saw the opportunity and went to
Wukan in hopes the foreign media can help with their case
because they have no way for them to protect themselves
Many petitioners were arrested by the police
and couldn’t enter the polling area.
According to reports, some officials from General Consulate
of U.S. in Guangzhou, including Paul Baldwin, went to Wukan to observe the election.
At first, they were refused entry by authorities because
they were considered foreign reporters.
After the authority confirmed their identities,
they were allowed to enter the polling station.
But after a while, the authority convinced them to leave
with the excuse that there was too many reporters around.
NTD reporters: Yi Ru, Li Qian and Zhou Ping