Police Shoot Villager During Land Seizure Protest in China

In Communist China, the practice of government seizing land to turn over to developers (kind of like the practices upheld here in theU.S. in Kelo vs. New London) often leads to unrest among the villagers whose land’s being seized.  Though the villagers don’t often own the land outright (private property rights not so much respected in communist China), they do hold leases on the land and are theoretically supposed to be compensated for seizures, though they generally complain this compensation is too low.

On Friday, villagers outside the Northeastern city of Panjin had enough, and grabbed their hammers and sickles. Via Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency:

Wang Shujie, a 36-year old villager in Xinglongtai district of Panjin city, and his father, mother and elder brother chased policemen and road construction workers while wielding axes and sickles. They were also spraying petrol to stop the workers from building roads on their rice paddy, according to the city government.

Policeman Zhang Yan fired warning shots after his hand was injured by the father's sickle. The father then tried to grab the gun and during a wrestle, the father was shot in the leg, the government said.

At the time, Wang set himself ablaze and jumped at Zhang and was shot dead by the police officer.

The story has a somewhat American ending:

A government investigation showed that the shooting was justified because Zhang's life was threatened as he had petrol on his clothes.

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    In Communist China, the practice of government seizing land to turn over to developers (kind of like the practices upheld here in theU.S. in Kelo vs. New London) often leads to unrest among the villagers whose land’s being seized.

    In Soviet Russia, land siezes you!

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    Honestly, that's a more justified shooting than more of the ones that get reported here.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    Despite one article describing a good shoot, pretty sure there are a lot of bad shoots in China. Maybe even a couple of politically motivated prosecutions.

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    Point being, at the actual instant of shooting, the officer could have conceivably been in fear of his life, that he would burn to death.

  • Juice||

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    Yer not foolin' me - this was in the US, wasn't it! And They shot the perp's dog before they shot him, right?! And they did it in front of his wife and kids!

    Yeah - NOW this makes some sense...

  • Hugh Akston||

    American city councils are watching closely.

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    and masturbating.

  • R C Dean||

    I have little doubt that to subsistence farmers, paving over their cropland is pretty much the same thing as threatening their lives.

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    Chinese farmers probably are no longer subsistence farmers.

  • entropy||

    Policeman Zhang Yan fired warning shots after his hand was injured by the father's sickle. The father then tried to grab the gun and during a wrestle, the father was shot in the leg, the government said.

    So in 1 party, authoritarian communist china, you get warning shots?!?

    Funny thing. Hell if that had been Springfield or Peoria, they'd have 646 shots fired and 11 rounds in the suspect before he got half way to the gasoline, never mind warning shots after the perp gets stabbity with a sickle.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    Making shit up is fun, isn't it?

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    Yeah the cops here aren't that accurate .

  • Joe R.||

  • Tulpa Doom||

    Not a parallel at all.

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    I wonder how much this will make Paulie Krugnuts jizz.

  • Loki||

    Probably not as much as you might think. He'll probably be disappointed that the Chinese land grabs "often leads to unrest among the villagers whose land’s being seized." After all, don't those Chinese peasants realize it's all for the greater good? And if the Chinese after decades of communist indoctrination still insist on protesting when their land is taken, what hope is there that we will ever be able to fully emulate Chinese central planning policies here?

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    A government investigation showed that the shooting was justified because Zhang's life was threatened as he had petrol on his clothes.

    Ummm that does not seem American.

    In America the victim would have been standing on the sidewalk doing nothing when he was shot.

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    Guys we're just not empathizing enough to understand why the government is correct in taking people's land. I'm sure Tony will be around shortly to explain it to us.

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    Wow! You are freaking me out dude!

    (anonbot is on topic? What weirdness is this?)

    I dont have a cheesy link to put at the bottom of this post.

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