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Posted on Dec 14, 2011
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Villagers in Southern China have accused authorities of seizing their land and killing a village representative in custody. The BBC reports that residents of Wukan in Guangdong province, one of China’s red-hot economic zones, are in a standoff with police.

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Police have blocked roads leading to the village of Wukan. Local people are trying to keep them out.

The row - over village land taken by the local government - has been simmering for some time.

A new wave of protests broke out several days ago after the death of a villager while in police custody.

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By heterochromatic, December 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment

China is going to be facing a great many challenges to its political structure until
almost all the old policies of the authoritarian communist are replaced by the
prosperity that capitalism is bringing and by all the new problems that capitalism
entails.

Social upheaval is on the menu for the next couple of decades there.

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