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Locals pelt riot police in China "democracy" village

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Locals pelt riot police in China "democracy" village

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In Wukan, a fishing village in southern China, clashes broke out on Tuesday between locals and riot police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets at them.

The violence erupted after early morning police raids led to the arrest of anti-government activists, and less than a week after a democratically-elected local leader, Lin Zuluan, was jailed by authorities on corruption charges.

Locals claim Zuluan was framed, and that the crackdown is meant to silence their village.

Wukan reached international fame five years ago when an uprising led to the ousting of the ruling Communist leaders and to democratic local elections.

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