Police have established a cordon around Wukan, a small village in southern China that is effectively at war with the Beijing national government. Supplies in Wukan might be running low, but the town’s 20,000 inhabitants are so far showing no sign of wavering in their determination to register their anger at the actions of officials.
The dispute started when the local Wukan government decided to sell off farmers’ land to developers. When the government wouldn’t back down, they were effectively chased out of town. At least one person from the town has died during the dispute, after going to negotiate with the Communist Party and subsequently – rather mysteriously – dying while he was there.
The people of Wukan are said to be preparing for a fight if necessary. They are reportedly receiving limited supplies from nearby villages, but the situation is becoming increasingly tense and there are fears that police will eventually attack Wukan in an attempt to reclaim it.