CHINESE POLICE ’ SHOOT PROTESTERS ’

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CHINESE POLICE ’ SHOOT PROTESTERS ’

 user 2005-12-09 at 11:35:00 am Views: 66
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    Chinese police ‘shoot protesters’
    Chinese
    armed police are reported to have opened fire on protesters in the
    southern province of Guangdong, shooting dead at least two people.

    Witnesses
    told US broadcaster Radio Free Asia the incident happened after
    hundreds of police tried to disperse up to 1,000 demonstrators near
    Shanwei.
    Protesters were angry because they had not been compensated for land taken by the government to build a power plant.
    The incident is the latest in a series of such disputes in rural China.
    Police
    and local government officials have refused to comment on the latest
    incident, which took place in Dongzhou village, near Shanwei.
    Protests
    by villagers over issues such as land seizures, corruption and
    pollution have become more common in China in recent years.
    One of
    the most prominent such demonstrations, earlier this year, took place
    in the village of Taishi, also in Guangdong province.
    Villagers
    accused Taishi’s chief of embezzling public funds in a deal involving
    the sale of a large tract of village land. The stand-off between locals
    and security forces lasted several weeks.