Surveillance and Silence in China’s Democracy Village

By Cindy

, once hailed as China’s “democracy village,” has become a site of intense government surveillance in recent years as President Xi Jinping continues to crackdown on civil society and individual rights. Streets within the village have been equipped with high-definition cameras and major areas have been sealed off by checkpoints and armed police. James Pomfret at Reuters reports:

A rare visit to Wukan by a Reuters team and interviews with half a dozen villagers and sources familiar with the situation revealed that the village and surrounding area remain tightly policed as the government tries to maintain security at all costs.

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