A Small Victory for Freedom - Communist Party backs down when confronted by angry people
- In the fight against land seizures Chinese citizens ran police and Communist officials out of town.
- Protest leader has been appointed the new Communist Party Secretary.
A protest leader in Wukan, the southern Chinese village that drove out the authorities in a row over land grabs, has been appointed as its new Communist party secretary.
Residents applauded Lin Zuluan's new role as another positive step in their struggle with local officials.
Unrest prompted by the seizure of farmland and accusations of electoral fraud by village heads escalated in December after Xue Jinbo, who had been negotiating with local authorities, died in custody. Provincial leaders stepped in and offered concessions 10 days after police and party officials fled the village in Guangdong province reports the UK Guardian.
Residents welcomed that intervention but remained concerned they could still face retribution and pledges might not be delivered fully.
They cheered the appointment of 67-year-old Lin – announced at a meeting of Communist party members on Sunday – as a good sign. He will also lead the team arranging another election to elect a new village committee. Provincial investigators have declared the last race invalid.
"It is a good thing indeed. Most villagers are very happy about this," said resident Yang Shimao.
"Lin Zuluan was the actual leader of our previous rights protection movement. With this new position he will consider our village's interests and our people's interests."
|Mass demonstrations in Wukan caused Communist Party officials and their police to flee the city.|
|Cracks are appearing in the Communist Dictatorship of China as the people get more and more|
angry about wide spread corruption.