Chinese villagers burn workers to death

2014-10-16 15:57

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Beijing - Villagers engaged in a dispute with a property developer detained several construction workers and burned four of them to death, local authorities said on Thursday. 

It was one of the most violent land conflicts in recent years to strike the country's vast rural hinterland.

A statement issued by the municipal government of Kunming said eight people, including two villagers, died in the violence in the southwestern province of Yunnan, confirming earlier reports circulating on the internet along with photos of bound detainees and charred bodies.

Other media reports said the dispute was over land compensation. It has become the chief cause of violent disputes in rural China, where villagers often resort to deadly confrontations.

Alarmed by the rising violence, the ruling Communist Party is pondering legal reforms that may grant more independence to local courts in hopes of alleviating tensions between residents and the local governments.

In the village of Fuyou - at the heart of the dispute - residents have complained about lack of compensation for land seized for a warehouse and logistics centre. 

The government said the standoff between villagers and the developer had delayed the project since May.

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