The Vast Minority - reports from the global insurrection
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Chinese villagers rise up against authorities
CHINESE villagers have risen up in force, expelling corrupt local officials and taking on the police.
Reports The Daily Telegraph: "Trouble in Wukan has been brewing since September, after the village revolted
at an attempt to take one of its last parcels of farmland and give it to a
major Chinese property developer, Country Garden.
"However it was the death of 43-year-old Xue Jinbo, one of the village’s 13
temporary representatives, in police custody that pushed Wukan into its
current fury, and saw the last of the village’s dozen Communist party
officials flee. His family believe he was murdered.
Adds The Financial Times: "Thousands
of people from a southern Chinese village protested on Wednesday
against the death in police custody of a popular local leader following a
standoff over land acquisition and allegations of corruption.
Jinbo, 43, is believed to have died on the night of December 10. His
family saw his body the following evening and reported that it showed
signs of bruising – enraging Wukan village in Guangdong province. Local
authorities say he died of cardiac arrest.
have responded to the demonstration by blockading the village,
residents said, and the term 'Wukan' was blocked on Chinese
"For the provincial government of Guangdong, which as China’s most industrialised province has faced several protests by workers recently,
bringing Wukan under control is proving particularly difficult.
Villagers have been demanding the removal and punishment of local
officials they claim were involved in a corrupt land deal."
“The police have blocked all the main roads now. We have to go the
farthest way round via back roads when we get in and out,” a villager
named Zhang told the Financial Times. “Even the rice store is running
out. They cut off internet access last night and warned they would cut
our electricity today. They haven’t yet.”
An overwhelming majority of people are happy to be living in this industrial capitalist world. We know this because we are told it constantly.
How could we foresee a near future in which the hypnotic spell is broken, the scales fall from a billion eyes and those who say 'Enough!' are revealed, all of a sudden, to be a gale force wind of revolt, a tidal wave of insurgent delight sweeping all before it, a minority so vast it will change everything?