Fri, Mar 30, 2007 - Page 1 News List

Dispute over land seizure kills one in southern China

AP , BEIJING

One man died and four others were injured in a clash with authorities over land in southern China, a report said yesterday, the latest confrontation sparked by complaints of illegal seizures.

The violence in Ganyi in Hunan Province occurred on Saturday when residents condemned the village's party secretary at a meeting for selling a piece of common land without their knowledge, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported.

Citing an unnamed villager, the newspaper said the party chief's two brothers attacked village representatives at the meeting and were later beaten in retaliation. One brother died, it said.

When contacted, villagers in Ganyi said they were unclear about the incident or hung up immediately, a common response in China where residents refuse to talk about sensitive issues for fear of retaliation from authorities.

The Post said Ganyi was cordoned off after hundreds of policemen stormed the area and detained villagers.

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