More than 1,000 villagers in Xian Village in Guangzhou face off with police, trying to protect their homes. Photo: SCMP Pictures More than 1,000 villagers in Xian Village in Guangzhou face off with police, trying to protect their homes. Photo: SCMP Pictures
More than 1,000 villagers in Xian Village in Guangzhou face off with police, trying to protect their homes. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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More than 1,000 villagers in Xian Village in Guangzhou face off with police, trying to protect their homes. Photo: SCMP Pictures More than 1,000 villagers in Xian Village in Guangzhou face off with police, trying to protect their homes. Photo: SCMP Pictures
More than 1,000 villagers in Xian Village in Guangzhou face off with police, trying to protect their homes. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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