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Shanwei official who led siege on Wukan has been expelled from the Party for taking bribes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 9:09am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 10:49am

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Chen Zengxin, wrote young Wukan political activist Zhang Jianxing Tuesday evening on Sina Weibo, "the former Lufeng party secretary who led 1,400 SWAT police in sealing off Wukan, has finally been removed from his government position and the Party."

After the Wukan protests, Zhang writes, Chen was appointed to the Shanwei municipal standing committee and made party secretary of the political-legal commission, later playing a leadership role locally in the 'two strikes, three constructs' campaign against organised crime throughout Guangdong province:

"In September 2011 he met with young petitioners from Wukan and agreed to take action, but later did nothing. Then in December he brought troops to seal off the village. He was placed under investigation in August last year, and today he was removed! Now it just remains to be seen if all those people who had him in their pocket are going down with him, this official everyone hated so much."

China Daily has a bit more information in its story yesterday on Chen's formal removal:

Born in October 1956, Chen, who was also secretary of Shanwei's Party Commission of politics and law, was suspected to have abused power for personal gains and taken large sums of bribes in separate cases, according to a statement issued by the provincial anti-graft body.

It did not reveal how much Chen is alleged to have accepted in bribes.

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