Wukan Village Besieged, Water Supplies Cut Off
In 2005, the Chinese regime’s local authorities, in Shanwei
city of Guandong Province, fired at the villagers of Dongzhou.
Six years later, authorities are staging a siege to the village
The villagers are protesting daily their land being
confiscated and sold out.
The death by torture of the village’s representative has outraged
the villagers who are now set to defend their village to death.
Right now, thousands of armed forces have been dispatched,
blocking roads and cutting half of the water supply off.
Phone calls are being monitored and the use of internet
has been blocked.
This is Wukan village, in Lugeng county, of Shanwei province,
where thousands of villagers are shouting these slogans:
“Pay for my brother’s life, life for life!” “Down with corruption, down with corrupt officials!”
“Return our farmlands, we want justice!”
Thousands of protestors have gathered at the main square,
to attend a temporary mourning hall set up for Xue Jinbo.
Xue, the elected vice president of the village’s interim council
was apparently tortured to death by local authorities.
Xue Jianwan, Xue Jinbo’s eldest daughter, says she saw
her father’s corpse all covered in bruises and lumps,
his chest as well as his back and from his knees to his ankles.
Xue Jianwan, Xue Jinbo’s Daughter: “I just don’t know what
happened to my daddy before he died.
His mouth was open, his chest had bruises and
the skin was broken up.
His right thumb was swollen and deformed.
A nosebleed was dried up. His face was all black and blue.
There were obvious signs of injury on his back,
like he had been kicked or stepped on.
And he had bruises and swellings from his knees to his ankles.”
Cai, Wukan Villager: “(I saw) a deformed face,
and his body had so many scars.
Now the local authorities are forbidding his family
to take back his body as they fear to be exposed!
So they didn’t let us take pictures and no one is allowed to
carry a cell phone when going to the mourning hall.”
The villagers kneel in front of Xue’s mourning hall, deeply
grieved that he was tortured to death.
Yang, Wukan Villager: “The villagers are feeling emotional
and feel infinite pain, we are all weeping.
We want justice and we want the implicated officials and
policemen to be punished, as well as those who handled his case and tortured him.”
The villagers will held a full-day memorial service for Xue on
Friday, December 16th.
A week ago (9th Dec), around 50 plain clothes policemen with
no formal ID kidnapped Xue Jinbo.
Two days later, (11th Dec), Xue’s family was notified of his death.
They were forced to sign a document claiming Xue had died of a “sudden cardiac arrest.”
That same night, at 4 am, thousands of armed police
marched into the village leading to a confrontation with the villagers until dawn.
The police used tear gas guns and water cannons.
The villagers took turns to guard the village and prevent the
police from capturing civilians.
Now the local authorities have increased their armed forces
and are besieging the village.
Cai, Villager: “All week, plain clothes policemen and rangers
attack us frequently around midnight, or at about 3 or 4 am.
We suffer continuous harassments and can not get to sleep.”
The villagers of Wukan protest the loss of their farmland.
About 20,000 acres of land has been sold out by local officials
and now the villagers have no means to earn a living.
Most of the young population had to emigrate to find work.
In early September, officials apparently covered up the sales
of a 600,000-square-meter farmland to real estate developers, worth around 150 millions U.S dollars.
Authorities then sent armed forces to suppress the villager’s
protests, with some getting injured.
On September 21st, local students staged school boycotts and
villagers resisted in droves the start of the real estate developers’ constructions.
Thousands of armed police forces were then mobilized
to suppress the protests.
Voice of villagers: “We only want to ask for some farmland.
That’s the wish of all our villagers.
The primary school students have nothing to eat.
It’s just like a famine.
Even during the Japanese invasion of China, the Kuomintang
government let us own farmlands to earn a living from, they didn’t dare to occupy it.
Why is the present regime selling out our farmlands,
leaving us with no food to eat?”
The villagers of Wukan feel at a dead end as they are losing
their farmlands and their only hope of survival.
Zhuang, Villager: “We have repeatedly asked the central
authorities to come down and handle this problem.
But until now, we don’t know where they are.
No one can resolve this issue as the provincial authorities of Shanwei City and of Lufeng all sing to the same tune.”
Reporter: “You haven’t got any response from the central
authorities until now?”
Zhuang, Wukan Villager: “No, we haven’t.
Half of our water supplies are cut off.
All roads into the village are blocked (by the armed police).
Our Wukan village is besieged."
The villagers claim that local authorities are banning them
from going to sea to fish.
Most of the villagers are on strike, and those who went to work
are joining the strike now.
People gather at the village’s square daily and thousands
protests on the streets of Wukan.
NTD reporters Liang Xin and Wang Mingyu