12 Feb '12, 10am

Chinese village experiments with democracy

Chinese village experiments with democracy

SHANGHAI: 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, according to residents. Thousands of residents of Wukan in the southern province of Guangdong voted 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. The rare concessions included pledges to support free village polls. Wukan residents said their former leaders h...

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