#Occupiers, note carefully: This (see accompanying image on the Telegraph’s site at the linked article) is what it looks like when the local 99% really are on your side.
Sadly, I do NOT think this will end well for the villagers. The Chinese Communist Party cannot allow such a popular uprising to succeed, lest it spread.
Something extraordinary has happened in the Chinese village of Wukan.
By Malcolm Moore, Wukan
For the first time on record, the Chinese Communist party has lost all control, with the population of 20,000 in this southern fishing village now in open revolt.
The last of Wukan’s dozen party officials fled on Monday after thousands of people blocked armed police from retaking the village, standing firm against tear gas and water cannons.
Since then, the police have retreated to a roadblock, some three miles away, in order to prevent food and water from entering, and villagers from leaving. Wukan’s fishing fleet, its main source of income, has also been stopped from leaving harbour.
The plan appears to be to lay siege to Wukan and choke a rebellion which began three months ago when an angry mob, incensed at having the village’s land sold off, rampaged through the streets and overturned cars.
Although China suffers an estimated 180,000 “mass incidents” a year, it is unheard of for the Party to sound a retreat.
I wish them all the luck in the world. They are going to need it.