Posted by: mulrickillion | February 16, 2012

The Wukan Protest Against Official Corruption

Editor: Joshua Eisenman, China Reform Monitor, No. 947, Feb 10, 2012 —

February 1:

Less than two months after staging an 11-day protest against official corruption and chasing away their local leaders, thousands of people in Wukan, Guangdong cast independent ballots for a committee to supervise March elections. Nearly half of Wukan’s 13,000 residents cast ballots for the 11-member election committee that will oversee another election to determine the village leadership. Lin Jiang, a professor at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, said he hoped Wukan could counter those who argue that democracy is ill suited for China. “Peasants in China may be undereducated, but the election in Wukan shows that just because you don’t have a good education, doesn’t mean you can’t elect officials to represent your interests.” One village resident told the New York Times: “We will have a fair, impartial and transparent election in March. I’m proud to see the passion for democracy among my fellow villagers.”

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