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Court Upholds Four-year Term for Guangxi Village Chief Who Fought Land Expropriation

August 3, 2011

On August 3, 2011, the Beihai Municipal Intermediate People’s Court in Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region announced it has upheld a four-year prison sentence and a 200,000 yuan (approximately $30,800) for Xu Kun (许坤), the elected chief of Baihutou Village in the Yinhai District of Beihai. Xu had led a multi-year fight against local government’s expropriation of village land in 2006 for tourism development. In April 2011, Xu was convicted of “illegal business activity,” a charge based on an allegation that Xu had unlawfully benefited from a parking lot operated on a disputed plot of land. Villagers view the prosecution as an act of revenge by local authorities.

For more information regarding Xu Kun and the Baihutou Village Case, see: