After last night’s post, here’s hot news of a couple of classic MGIs from none other than Happy Guangdong. First up, Zuotan, which is part of Foshan municipality:
On June 26 before dawn, hundreds of riot police clashed with the villagers in Zuotan, part of the city of Foshan in Guangdong Province. Police cars were smashed and flipped over. Many villagers were hospitalized for injuries, including an 81-year-old veteran of the Korean War who was beaten unconscious. Demanding to speak with the village secretary in person about the cheap sale of land [the villagers currently live on and cultivate], thousands of residents surrounded the village Party headquarters, gathering in the afternoon and staying through the early hours of the next morning. At 2 a.m., several hundred riot police arrived and began beating unarmed villagers in an attempt to escort the village secretary away. Residents defended themselves with bricks. The riot police eventually pulled out
It’s not clear from the report which side currently has possession of the Party Secretary. You’ll note that both the cause of the riot here, and the methodology of the rioters, is identical to the Wukan incident, whose successful handling is – or was - Provincial Party Secretary Wang Yang’s ticket to the Politburo Standing Committee. It may be that this decision has already been taken. If not, this incident will not do him any favours at all.
Nor will events elsewhere in Guangdong, where we have what seems like an absolute monster of an MGI, a full-blown state of siege in Shaxi, involving thousands of angry migrant workers from Sichuan descending on the town following a fight between a Sichuanese and a local man:
On Tuesday, thousands of migrant workers swarmed into Shaxi from Guangzhou, Foshan, Jiangmen and other neighboring cities, overwhelming the local police force. Rioters are wrecking every motor vehicle they see, stopping moving cars in order to batter them. Police cars, privately owned cars and bus stops have all been destroyed. A number of shops have been broken into as well. The Zhongshan Fuhua Station was set on fire and burned for close to 24 hours. The Shaxi town hall has also been ruined. At first the rioters allowed ambulances in to bring food and water to armed police and others. After 5 p.m. no cars were allowed in and protesters began overturning cars. At least five ambulances have been torn apart. It is reported that several protesters have died and over 100 have been injured, mostly workers. More than 100 people have been arrested.
That’s originally from a dissident website. Wire service reports say the incident was smaller. Splitting the difference and you still have a hell of a fight.