China: Wukan village chief who led protests over land grabs convicted of corruption, demonstrations by supporting villagers met by violent police crackdown
"A protest leader from a Chinese village which became a symbol of resistance against corruption was sentenced to three years in prison for bribery...Lin Zulian, elected head of the village of Wukan in rare open polls after residents expelled local officials in a mass 2011 uprising which drew global attention, was convicted of corruption..."
"Lin’s supporters say he was wrongfully charged and have staged more than 80 straight days of rallies since he was detained...Chinese police fired rubber bullets at villagers and arrested 13 people on Tuesday in an overnight crackdown to suppress demonstrations…A former attorney of Lin’s told The Associated Press last week that Lin likely made the confession to protect his family."
For more information, please refer to the following stories:
- China: 5 years after landmark demonstrations, Wukan villagers protest again over "worse" land disputes, despite arrest of directly elected chief, Jun 2016
- China: Wukan village wins govt. compromise following major protests over property development plans – govt. will release detainees, return some confiscated land to farmers, Dec 2011