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Wukan protestor flees China, seeks US aslyum: report

Published on Mar 26, 2014 2:11 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A leader of the 2011 Wukan protests in China that grabbed worldwide attention has fled to the US to seek aslyum, media reports and an associate said on Wednesday.

The departure of Zhuang Liehong underscores the troubles the village in the southern province of Guangdong has faced since winning free elections after months of fierce demonstrations.

Wukan residents ousted their longtime leadership after discovering land sales that they called self-serving and illegal, a common source of popular anger across the country.

Zhuang was one of several organisers elected to the village committee in 2012, in what was celebrated as a rare successful popular uprising in a one-party state that quashes dissent.

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