China village chief held over land deal clash in Shangpu

A red sign reading "We must retaliate" is next to an upended car at the entrance of Shangpu village in Guangdong province last week. Photo: Reuters

Chinese authorities have arrested a village chief and eight other people over clashes surrounding a land deal that provoked residents’ fury, as officials sought to end a stand-off over the dispute on Sunday.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

No end in sight to stand-off in Guangdong village over land deal

A boy plays in a damaged vehicle. Photo: AFP

Just over a week ago, residents fought with scores of attackers whom they claimed were sent by the village Communist Party chief and a business tycoon after they protested against a land deal.

4 Mar 2013 - 9:38am

China village Shangpu defies officials to demand democracy

Overturned cars line a highway in Shangpu, Guangdong province, after a protest over a land deal. Photo: AFP

Villagers in southern China were locked in a standoff with authorities on Sunday and were demanding democratic polls after a violent clash with thugs linked to a local official over a land transfer.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Protesters' land vigil continues in Shangpu, Guangdong

Villagers were locked in a tense stand-off with police yesterday after angry protests over land rights. Residents of Shangpu, in Guangdong province, have occupied the village square since last Friday amid claims that corrupt officials were selling local land, the US-based Radio Free Asia website reported.

2 Mar 2013 - 4:57am