12 Feb '12, 9am
Chinese village experiments with democracy - Straits Times via @INFOS_EN
SHANGHAI (AFP) - A Chinese village which staged an extraordinary rebellion against authorities last year has taken a key step in a process to freely elect its own governing committee, residents said on Sunday. Thousands of residents of Wukan in the southern province of Guangdong voted on Saturday for more than 100 representatives who will put forward candidates for a seven-member village committee to be elected in March, they said. The move followed protests by the village last December when they faced off with authorities for more than a week in an uproar over land grabs. The demonstrations prompted a drawn-out stand-off with police and officials, but the Guangdong provincial government eventually capitulated and sought to pacify the villagers as their case made headlines.