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China: Riot Against Land Acquisition in Guangxi

On 13 of October, a riot broke out in Longxu town in Guangxi province. Around one thousand villagers confronted armed police against forced land acquisition. Citizen reports on the riot were originally posted at local online forums within Guangxi, but quickly deleted by web censor authorities. In order to spread the news, blogger lovol888888 compiles informations from different sources and reposts them at


Today Longxu town at Cangwu county in Guangxi province was like Afghanistan. A number of police cars were turned up-side-down. Around a thousand villagers were fighting with hundreds of armed police officers. Tens of the locals battled with the police with homemade gasoline bombs, bricks and rods. They mainly came from Limshui and Powei villages. Many others from nearby villages, such as Gufeng, Niancun and Enyi came to support. There were around a thousand people…


During the fight, one police officer's eyeball was smashed, another one had a head injury. All the police officers from Cangwu county were blocked at the intersection of Xindi Road. Two police dogs were beaten to death. Later, 8 military carriages of armed police from Wuzhou city were mobilized to the spot and later 5 other military carriages of armed police from Cenxi also joined in. The move had attracted thousands of onlookers and eventually the police had to use tear gas to clear the scene.

According to a follow up report at nddaily, the local government officials said the villagers tried to stop a irrigation project:


Official government sources said that “villagers from Cangwu county Wuzhou city were trying to stop a major irrigation system construction project in Changzhou”. But the villagers defended that what they intended to stop was the government-led Canghai artificial lake project, not the Changzhou irrigation system.

According to the information provided by lovol888888, the local government has been using public interest as the excuse to rob villagers’ land. Eventually, all the public constructions would turn into property development projects.


At present, my village only have 9 pieces of water rice field nearby the lower stream of the river. All have been sold away… what we had got from the compensation was not even enough to buy an apartment… Have you ever tried to understand the situation?? How can we make a living in the future?? For the past 20 yeas in Cangwu county, I have witnessed how the government cheated the people… Now what we have here is all about property market. Limshui is the best example. The government did not even preserve land for relocation in Longwu, Xianglong and Guangchang. In Kan Village, all the lands were acquired in the name of public interest. The government cheated away our land and now I have little confidence but a lot of anger and resentment.


…Our lands are located at both sides of the highway. The corrupted officials used all pretexts to rob our lands. For example, 12 years ago, they acquired land to build secondary school; 2 years before that the land acquired was for the traffic police's building and a hotel. In 2008, they acquired land for the southern station of Wuzhou railway line. At first, they only needed 500 mu (translator note: 1 mu is equal to 666.6 square meter) of land, however, since our lands were next to the station, they acquired all 1000 mu and the total compensation was only RMB20 millions. Which means RMB17 thousands for cultivated land per mu and RMB9 thousands for hilly land per mu. The amount is really small, right? After they acquired the land, there hasn't been any construction project taking place. Isn't that siege of land in the name of government? Moreover, at first the land at Limshui was for the construction of an artificial lake, then it turned into a property development project. The development had resulted in flooding at the lower stream of the river which led to a series of protests and fights. Our suffering is all about property development. Why doesn't the government give us our share in all these development projects and safeguard our lives?

The article only managed to stay online for one day, and was taken offline in the afternoon of October 15. (A backup of the article can be found here). However, it had been viewed more than 30 thousand times with more than 250 comments, most of which condemned the local government.

Poor Chinese people reports the situation back home:


The situation in my homeland at Caozhuangcun at Leiting county, Hebei province is even worse. All the lands were sold out by the government to build factories. Every year, each villager only get RMB1000 as compensation. Some decided to organize visit petition but they were arrested and monitored. Finally, they managed to elect their own village head, but the person was set up and jailed. Everyone is very scared now. Why all the local governments become so corrupted? How can they rule like this? The history will do the justice!!!

000wwxx wants an eye for an eye:


Kill some corrupted bastard officials, police, running dogs and ill hearted businessmen, let them know that ordinary people could not be bullied like that. Support! Make it big and be prepared to die for it. People add oil!.

tmdzf is also very resentful towards the government:


The government points its gun towards Chinese people
Not the Japanese
Not that we don't love the country, the country does not love us.

Brother Hao (浩哥)echoes:


Ordinary people have been repressed for so long. Rich and poor divided in our society. The powerful robs ordinary people's wealth. The mass is living in pain! — It is so disgusting to even look at such kind of society!

g points out that every one is a victim in this society, even the police:


Police officers are stupid. While they are repressing people here, back home, their parents are being repressed by their own kind.

Li Shuangde (李双德) exclaims:


A large number of rural villagers who had lost their land would be put into the prison….


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