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China detains deputy chief of village that rebelled against Communist Party: Xinhua

Published on Mar 14, 2014 10:09 PM
 
This photo taken on Dec 12, 2013, shows elected village official Yang Semao talking to AFP in the southern Chinese village of Wukan in Guangdong province. Chinese police have detained on bribery charges the deputy chief of a village that attracted worldwide attention when it rebelled against its Communist leaders, state media said on Friday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese police have detained on bribery charges the deputy chief of a village that attracted worldwide attention when it rebelled against its Communist leaders, state media said on Friday.

Mr Yang Semao, one of the leaders of the 2011 uprising in the southern village of Wukan, which saw locals drive out Communist Party officials who were accused of illegal land grabs, was detained on Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The report suggests a further blow to villagers' hopes of retrieving their land after a committee chosen in unprecedented free elections failed in their attempts to completely recover it.

Local investigating authorities have accused Mr Yang of "taking bribes in public projects in the village" Xinhua said, without giving details.

 
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