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China: Case study on shootings of protesters who opposed power plant construction at Dongzhou village, Shanwei, Dec 2005 (scroll to p. 4)

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Article
9 December 2005

The Shanwei (Dongzhou) Incident [China]

Author: EastSouthWestNorth

The following is an illustration of the level of details in coverage by English- and Chinese-language media of the same event [shooting by police of villagers protesting construction of power plants]. The listing is done in order of increasing details within the English-language reports, and then the translated Chinese-reports appear below. [refers to Guangdong Red Bay Generation (joint venture Guangzhou Development Industry Holdings, Guangdong Yudean Group, Guangdong Electric Power Development)]

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Article
10 May 2006

[PDF] Power, protests and the police: The shootings at Shanwei [China]

Author: Mary Ho & Richard Welford, CSR Asia, in CSR Asia Weekly

[scroll down to p. 4] On 6th December 2005, a number of local villagers were killed and several more were injured during a protest in Shanwei, Guangdong, Southern China, over claims relating to inadequate compensation for land seizures by the government to build power plants... Protestors also pointed to the alleged irresponsibility of the company causing over 30 fatalities during the construction of the power plant. The company at the centre of the incident was the Guangdong Red Bay Generation Company Limited (GRBG)...owned by three companies namely, Guangzhou Development Industry Holdings (GDIH), Guangdong Yudean Group (Yudean) and Guangdong Electric Power Development (GEPD)... [includes detailed day-by-day timeline of events around shooting]... the story leads to a number of questions that must be considered by companies involved in good corporate social responsibility practices:
• How should a company involved in a development project of this type deal with problems associated with potential land and compensation disputes?
• Should an organisation such as the IFC, or any financial institution...provide loans to companies involved in this project? What might have been done to identify and mitigate possible risks from protests?
• If there are protests against a project of this type, how should the businesses involved in those protests deal with the situation?...[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the companies to respond to the allegations. Guangdong Yudean response is below; Guangzhou Development Industry Holdings, Guangdong Yudean Group and Guangdong Electric Power Development declined to respond]

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Article
24 May 2006

China Jails 13 Shanwei Villagers, Cautions Crackdown Officials

Author: Radio Free Asia

Thirteen villagers detained by the authorities after last year's Dec. 6 clashes in the southern Chinese township of Dongzhou have been sentenced to between three and seven years' imprisonment by a local court for "illegally manufacturing explosives," "disturbing public order," and "illegally assembling to disrupt transport services."...Local media at the time characterized the clashes, which blew up after riot police dispersed a crowd of protesters angry over a land deal surrounding a local power plant project, as a “serious law-breaking incident.” But witnesses at the time said police opened fire first on the crowd, which retaliated with home-made explosives...Shanwei's Vice-Party Secretary Liu Jinsheng, who is in charge of the city's law and order, received a "stern warning" from the Party. The city's vice-mayor and police chief Li Min and director of the city's Bureau of Construction Chen Huinan both received warnings..."The penalty for the villagers is too heavy but for the officials the penalty is too light. At least the officials should have been handed prison terms and had their property confiscated," [a] villager told RFA's Cantonese service.

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Article
1 June 2006

China: Dongzhou Killings Must Be Investigated

Author: Human Rights Watch

China is attempting to lay to rest without investigation the most serious governmental assault on public protesters since the Tiananmen massacre, Human Rights Watch said today. In the absence of public disclosure about the role of officials in the deaths of at least three protestors in Dongzhou in December 2005, the sentencing of villagers involved in the protests undermines confidence in the impartiality of the Chinese legal system... On December 6, 2005, Chinese security forces fired at villagers who were protesting insufficient compensation for land taken for power plant construction in Dongzhou, Guangdong province. [company involved in the power plants: Guangdong Red Bay Generation, owned by Guangzhou Development Industry Holdings, Guangdong Yudean and Guangdong Electric Power Development]

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Company response
13 June 2006

Response by Guangdong Yudean Group: Shooting of protesters who opposed power plant construction at Dongzhou village, Shanwei.

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Article
13 June 2006

[DOC] Guangdong Yudean reply regarding incident in which protestors against power plant construction were killed, Shanwei, China

Author: Guangdong Yudean

Regarding your invitation to respond in your last email, please kindly contact the Guangdong Provincial Government Press Office directly. Thank you.

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Company non-response
14 June 2006

Guangdong Electric Power Development (part of Guangdong Yudean Group) did not respond to: Shooting of protesters who opposed power plant construction at Dongzhou village, Shanwei.

Company non-response
14 June 2006

Guangdong Red Bay Generation (joint venture Guangzhou Development Industry Holdings, Guangdong Yudean Group, Guangdong Electric Power Development) did not respond to: Shooting of protesters who opposed power plant construction at Dongzhou village,...

Company non-response
14 June 2006

Guangzhou Development Industry Holdings did not respond to: Shooting of protesters who opposed power plant construction at Dongzhou village, Shanwei.