Monthly Archives: September 2012

Protests: “Great greed cannot be dealt with in one day, nor will the heart of Xian Village villagers die in one day.”

Over the past three years, Xian Village residents have protested and clashed with police on multiple occasions. In February, residents gave me a DVD with recordings of protests. Residents also posted copies on youtube and various Chinese  online video services.  Here I leave select screenshots from the videos given to me and links to videos on the web.  To download copies of the  videos from which the screenshots originate, visit the following links: Video 1 Video 2 Video 3

Videos dated August 19-21, 2009 show villagers protesting outside the Xian Village tower on Huangpu Dadao.

Posters spread across the government offices read, “Open up the village financial records and the village officials’ salaries and property. “

Villagers take turns giving speeches.

On August 13, 2010, protests erupted when demolition crews began to dismantle the village market. In this photo, hundreds of police stand guard as wreckers tear into the structure that once stood on Xiancun Lu.

In clashes with police, villagers throw debris into phalanxes riot officers. The man pictured above resisted and was beaten by a group of police before being dragged limply off camera.

“They beat the village, many were injured. They never negotiated with us.”

This man sits in the back of an ambulance, presumably injured in clashes.

The villager’s video ends with this message: “Great greed cannot be dealt with in one day, nor will the heart of Xian Village villagers die in one day. We have already accomplished our goal.”

Links to other videos published online and the SOuth China Morning Post’s coverage:

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