What Does Wukan Have to Do With Democracy?

Luigi Tomba

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    In September 2011, the village of Wukan, Guangdong Province, made international headlines for its violent protests against the illegal sale of land by their corrupt village elite. Villagers were successful in both toppling the existing village leadership and electing, in their stead, the moral leaders of the revolt as their new village committee. A few months ago, the original leader of the protests was arrested on unclear corruption charges, an event that led to violent clashes between villagers and police. Is Wukan's sad story an example of a conscious democratic challenge to the existing system?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)19-22pp
    JournalMade in China
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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