Saturday, December 10, 2005

Shanwei Massacre 

All sorts of reports circulating on the killings in and near Shanwei City, Guangdong Province, China. The reaction of my Hong Kong friend is that this is the biggest known state killing in China since the Tienanmen massacre.

She says pictures are circulating of women kowtowing to lines of armed police begging for their husband's bodies. But these are probably already cremated and disposed of in secret. Pictures of dead peasants with bullet wounds being hidden by their families. Desperate officials offering money for the bodies to hide the true death toll.

I don't know whether this incident includes Taishi village.

For an outline of the press coverage of the event, illustrating the wide spread of estimates on the dead. see this compiliation of different press reports in the excellent EastSouthWestNorth. Basically western media talk about tear gas being fired into crowds and one or two dead. Chinese net sources talk about troops machine-gunning crowds and deaths at least in the dozens.

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