Residents of a Chinese fishing village protest against what they say were illegal land seizures by local officials and build barricades to keep police and leaders of China’s authoritarian government out, a rare challenge of authority.
Dec. 15, 2011Residents of Wukan, China, a fishing village in the southern Guangdong province, march to demand the government take action over illegal land grabs and the death of a local leader who was taken into custody. The village of around 13,000 inhabitants accused local officials of stealing communal land without compensating them. Anger boiled over when a village leader tasked with negotiating with authorities over the row died in police custody. Chinese officials are trying to defuse the protest, saying leaders of the demonstration will be punished. AFP/Getty Images