Rule of Law

Chinese PM warns on rural unrest

BBC News Online
March 15, 2002

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has said that land seizures by local authorities are a key threat to rural stability. ‘We absolutely can’t commit an historic error over land problems,’ Mr Wen said.

(excerpt)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has said that land seizures by local authorities are a key threat to rural stability. He said land grabs and a lack of proper compensation for those affected was sparking “mass incidents”. His comments were published a day after the government said public disturbances in 2005 had risen more than 6% on 2004. The latest mass protest took place in the southern city of Shenzhen on Thursday, after police shut down night spots as part of an anti-vice campaign. “We absolutely can’t commit an historic error over land problems,” Mr Wen said, in a speech made on 29 December but only published in China’s state-run press on Friday. “Some places are unlawfully occupying farmers’ land and not offering reasonable economic compensation and arrangements for livelihoods, and this is sparking mass incidents in the countryside,” he said. He said farmers were paying the price for China’s rapid urbanisation.

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