Xue Jianwan, daughter of deceased Wukan village leader Xue Jinbo. Xue’s death in police custody was a catalyst for the expulsion of government authorities from Wukan in December.
Radio Free Asia reports that the daughter of Xue Jinbo, the Wukan village leader whose death in police custody led to the expulsion of authorities from the Guangdong village in December, has been forced out of her position as a primary school teacher for wanting to run in local village elections.
On Wednesday, Xue Jianwan reportedly announced to 1,000 gathered Wukan residents that she had agreed with the school’s request to leave her teaching job, in order to pursue the deputy chairman position on the seven-member village committee. Elections for the village committee will take place tomorrow, with a previous election having taken place last month for an independent election committee that would oversee the village committee elections taking place tomorrow.
To date, Xue Jinbo’s body has not been returned to relatives, who will not be given the body by authorities until they “admit” that Xue died from illness. Relatives who identified the body say it was covered in bruises “from head to foot”.
Xue Jianwan has been outspoken in her opposition to the official view of events concerning her father’s death.
Radio Free Asia reports:
“The school has told me several times that if I plan to run for the village committee, then I must resign from my job,” she told the crowd at a meeting in the village square, outside the temple to the sea-goddess Matsu.
“My mind was made up that I would stand, so the school fired me, but I don’t care, because I think that it’s more meaningful to do something for the people of this village than to be a civil service teacher,” Xue said.
“I also want to do something for my father, to carry out his wishes.”
Meanwhile, Xue’s family are concerned for her safety, as well as the welfare of her younger siblings studying elsewhere in China, as well as the possibility of financial ruin.
“They are worried about my personal safety and the safety of other family members…but I am not afraid of this,” Xue says.