Chinese Village Elections A Path for Local Gangsterism

21 April, 2011 at 12:03 | Posted in China, human rights | Leave a comment
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By Tang Ming
The Epoch Times

Village elections have been touted by the Chinese Communist Party as a kind of democracy in China, but election results in at least one village last month left villagers disillusioned. They say the elections were a farce, and gangsters who have bullied and oppressed them for years are now the new members on the village committee.

“The result of the election of the village committee’s members completely disappointed villagers’ expectations,” Huang Peng, a resident of Hebu Village, Jianggao Town, Guangdong Province, told The Epoch Times after the March 26 election outcome there.

“All of the members elected are gangsters. They are also the very same group that had been used by the government to expropriate villagers’ land all these years. It is impossible for villagers who have been bullied and oppressed [by them] to have selected them. Surely, it must have been unfairly manipulated by the election commission, which cares nothing about democracy,” Huang said.

Mr. Wang, another villager, said, “With gangsters as our leaders, our villagers will have a hard time surviving. In recent years, these new village committee members did many bad things, especially last year they, along with the village cadres, expropriated our land by force.”

Wang said these people manipulated the election by threatening villagers, buying votes, and bribing upper level officials.

Another resident who did not want to give his name said, “More and more contradictions exist between officials and ordinary citizens. Accordingly, governing through violence is more and more favored by authorities. That explains why we have this [election] result.”

Read more: Chinese Village Elections A Path for Local Gangsterism | China | Epoch Times


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