Some foreign powers intent to stir up Wukan Issue: Global Times
A commentary “Some foreign powers intent to stir up Wukan issue” by commentator Shan Renping was published on Global Times Chinese edition on September 19. The full text is as follows:
A few people (about 100 people according to some media) held a “candlelight vigil” in Hong Kong on September 17, aiming at Guangdong’s Wukan problem. Guangdong police detained 13 residents of Wukan village in Lufeng last week, accusing them of disrupting public order and inciting illegal assemblies. After that, people living there enjoyed a peaceful life and everything was in normal. Five Hong Kong journalists were asked to leave Wukan village for lack of qualification in mainland interview or failure to conduct related formalities. However, a few people in Hong Kong held the “candlelight vigil” because of these two matters, claiming that mainland police used violence instead of law enforcement towards Wukan villagers and mishandled the five Hong Kong journalists.
Some western media also described Wukan problem as the people’s “protests for democracy” when reporting the mater, attempting to extend China’s law enforcement in local society to China’s political direction.
Wukan issue was originated from land dispute, and once became a hot topic in 2011. At that time villagers were not satisfied with former village authorities over issues related to land use and called for a reelection. Later, Lin Zulian was elected as Wukan’s Communist Party chief.
Gradually villagers in Wukan took totally different attitudes towards Lin. Some turned their back on Lin because they thought he could not fulfill his campaign promises and members of the villagers’ committee still took bribes. But Lin had lots of relatives in the village and his organization of group appealing helped him to win supports of some villagers and some foreign media.
Lin was taken by police on June 17 this year, and was sentenced to three years and one month in prison for accepting bribes on September 8. Since this June, Wukan village has been brought into the spotlight, going with supporting voices for Lin Zulian and his supporters with political intentions .
Rumors on Wukan were widely and continuously spread via foreign channels , such as Lin’s grandson “suicide” and an old lady in Wukan “shot to death”, which were all proved to be ridiculous.
The root of Wukan issue is a normal land dispute on compensation. However, the fact was twisted by western media, and was made to be related with political factors.
The men who organized Hong Kong’s “candlelight vigil”, for instance, they don’t even care about life of Wukan’s villagers. What they care about is to let the event continues and watch it turning worse. They think China’s law enforcement cannot do anything about it, and they want the consequences of the event spread all over China.
In a word, Wukan issue is interest dispute. The only way to solve the dispute is to go through procedures in accordance to the law. If anyone “protest” it by illegal means, they should be punished according to Chinese legislate system. Some overseas media support all illegal demonstrations in China. What they really want is a disordered China. They are happy if China is in a mess.
In 2001, dozens of overseas media visited Wukan village in the name of interview. Their reports, however, made Wukan issue more complicated at that time. How to avoid over-interference of media and clarify the truth in time is an important subject of Chinese society and the solution of Wukan issue serves as an exploration on it.
As for Wukan issue , there is no other solution but to go to law. And it will grow clearer as the smoke-screen created and led by some overseas media collapse.