Photo Report: Police Fire on Farmers, 70 Killed in Southern China
On December 6, about 3,000 armed police fired on the farmers of Dongzhou Village in Southern China who were protesting in front of a power plant. Farmers have been protesting there because the officials took their land to build the power plant while providing little compensation. Villagers told The Epoch Times that there were as many as 70 villagers killed in the incident.
December 9, villagers surrounded by armed police and unable to leave the village. Large number of the victims' relatives held incense and kneeled down to beg police to allow them to claim the bodies (4 photos below).
On October 10, the villagers asked the work group sent out by the Shanwei City government to Dongzhou Village to resolve the dispute between the villagers and the local authorities, and to ask the local authorities to leave the village. The group entered the village on August 11 but did not resolve any problems for the villagers. The villagers jointly expelled the group. On that day, there were some rumors that the upper authorities would send police to resolve the problem.
October 10, villagers asked the work group sent out by the Shanwei City government to leave their village (2 photos below).
The villagers have set up banners in front of the power plant to appeal to the local authorities for taking their land with very low compensation.
October 9, banners in front of the power plant protesting the authorities for taking their land while providing very low compensation (4 photos below).