Guangdong Province. Image credit: @thewamphyri.
Yuan Songfang, chief of the village committee in Haizhou, Guangdong Province, killed himself on Monday following a two-month protest in the village over corruption, according to the China Daily.
Haizhou villagers have been protesting since early October after allegations were posted online that the committee planned to cut the distribution of a large amount of funding earmarked to compensate villagers who had been forced to give up their land for the construction of a highway ramp. Protesters claimed that funds had been embezzled by corrupt officials, leaving less for the residents.
Authorities in Guzhen, the township which oversees Haizhou, denied the allegations, pointing out that as the land requisition had not yet started authorities had yet to settle on the amount of compensation to be paid out.
According to friends and other officials, Yuan was depressed and upset by the allegations, claiming that no fraud took place under his watch.