Thousands of protestors from Wukan village marched today in what appears to be a well-organised, peaceful demonstration in Guangdong’s Lufeng city. They carried colourful banners with slogans against corrupt government officials and dictatorship as they demanded for the return of their farmland:
‘Yesterday, 4,500 people signed their signature to support this protest,’ a marcher Mr Zhang told AFP by phone.
‘The government promised to solve the land problem but they haven’t… If they don’t handle it this time, it won’t be peaceful next time.’ The protest centres around land requisitioned in Wukan village, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Lufeng government.
Locals have accused authorities of forcibly grabbing the land and not compensating them, but the government insists the process was lawful.
Photos of the protest posted on China’s popular Twitter-like weibo site showed marchers carrying colourful flags with printed slogans such as ‘Oppose dictatorship’, ‘Punish corruption’ and ‘Give us back our rights.’ ‘The issues brought up by the villagers have not been resolved,’ one local who refused to be named , told AFP by phone.
‘Villagers from Wukan have petitioned the Lufeng government countless times, all to no avail, so this is why they have joined together in protest.’ The unrest is the latest to hit Guangdong, known as the workshop of the world for the tens of millions of migrant workers who toil in the province’s factories.
Last Thursday, 10,000 migrant workers besieged an OEM shoe factory in Dongguan, Guangdong, in a massive strike to against new regulations imposed by their factory management.