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PRC detains farmers calling for privatization

PRC detains farmers calling for privatization

China has detained at least three farmers on subversion charges for making bold calls for private land ownership in the countryside, an attempt to curb land seizures by corrupt officials, their families said yesterday.
Police in Huayin in the northwestern province of Shaanxi made the "criminal detentions" earlier this month, suspecting the three of "inciting to subvert state power," a wife of one of the farmers said.
The three farmers were among the six peasants who signed an open letter declaring that 70,000 farmers in the region enjoyed permanent private ownership of 10,000 hectares of collective land.
China's constitution stipulates that farm land is owned either by the state or by the collective.


Updated : 2021-01-25 06:59 GMT+08:00