June 1, 2006 – Human Rights Watch, a U.S. based rights group, is calling for further investigation into the December 2005 Dongzhou killings in which at least 13 villagers were jailed and 3 killed after riot police began opening fire on a crowd of protesters.
Villagers were protesting insufficient compensation for land taken for power plant construction in Dongzhou, Guangdong province.
“China is attempting to lay to rest without investigation the most serious government assault on public protesters since the Tiananmen massacre,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement. “In the absence of public disclosure about the role of officials in the deaths of at least three protestors in Dongzhou in December 2005, the sentencing of villagers involved in the protests undermines confidence in the impartiality of the Chinese legal system.”
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