by Patrick Lozada
On the eve of the politically sensitive Nation People’s Congress (NPC), villagers in Shangpu Town in Guangdong took to the streets and barricaded their town in response to the attempted seizure of their lands by an allegedly corrupt communist party official. They have demanded that free and fair elections be held for local officials, the return of their land, and the punishment of those responsible for the attack on the village.
If you read a lot of China news, this story might sound repetitive. Let’s not forget this, or this, or this, or this, or this just to name a few instances of awful corrupt land grabs in the past year.