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China: Authorities in Wenlou city promises never to build crematorium and to release arrested persons

Author: Radio France Internationale, Published on: 2 December 2019

[Excerpt translation from Chinese to English provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre]

“Protesters won in Mouming, Guangdong as the party promised never to build crematorium”, 1 December 2019

In Wenlou town, Mouming, Guangdong, residents were discontented that the government planned to build a crematorium despite its claims of developing an ecology park… initiated large-scale protests… the protests ended in four days… according to videos shot on site, Li Weiwa, party secretary of Wenou town, announced that crematoriums will never be built in Wenlou town…

As cited by the report, in the video, Li Weiwa led a group of officials and lawyers to meet the residents, held a loudspeaker and responded to their demands. He first promised that the ecology park and the crematorium will never be built in Wenlou town, asking residents not to let the incident affect the development of Wenlou town… Li weiwa also said that the lawyers and staff members on site will help the relatives of the arrested complete relevant procedures…

According to the report… the officials’ attitudes have softened and said they will release… the arrested persons… they encouraged the residents to go home. The arrested villagers… were sent back to the town in two coaches… according to the report, some of those arrested were “released on bail” and might still be prosecuted.

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