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Police smother Chinese village ahead of planned protest

  • FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2011 file photo, villagers chant slogans as they gather for a protest in Wukan village, Lufeng city, in southern China's Guangdong province. Local police announced on social media early Saturday, June 18, 2016 that Lin Zuluan, the village's democratically elected leader, had been detained on bribery charges as scores of paramilitary police have locked down a restive village in southern China to ward off fresh anti-corruption protests nearly five years after an uprising garnered international attention. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2011 file photo, villagers chant slogans as they gather for a protest in Wukan village, Lufeng city, in southern China's Guangdong province. Local police announced on social media early Saturday, June 18, 2016 that Lin Zuluan, the village's democratically elected leader, had been detained on bribery charges as scores of paramilitary police have locked down a restive village in southern China to ward off fresh anti-corruption protests nearly five years after an uprising garnered international attention. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday, March 3, 2012 file photo, Lin Zuluan smiles after he was elected as chief of village in an election to select village committees in Wukan village, Lufeng city, in southern China's Guangdong province. Local police announced on social media early Saturday, June 18, 2016 that Lin had been detained on bribery charges as scores of paramilitary police have locked down a restive village in southern China to ward off fresh anti-corruption protests nearly five years after an uprising garnered international attention. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, March 3, 2012 file photo, Lin Zuluan smiles after he was elected as chief of village in an election to select village committees in Wukan village, Lufeng city, in southern China's Guangdong province. Local police announced on social media early Saturday, June 18, 2016 that Lin had been detained on bribery charges as scores of paramilitary police have locked down a restive village in southern China to ward off fresh anti-corruption protests nearly five years after an uprising garnered international attention. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)  (The Associated Press)

Scores of paramilitary police have locked down a restive village in southern China to ward off fresh anti-corruption protests nearly five years after an uprising garnered international attention.

A resident from Wukan village in Guangdong Province said by telephone that police swept in late Friday night to surround sensitive government buildings and take away the village's democratically elected leader Lin Zuluan. Local police announced on social media early Saturday that Lin had been detained on bribery charges and urged villagers to maintain social stability and "not allow a small number of lawbreakers to incite drastic behavior."

According to the South China Morning Post, Lin had been planning protests on Saturday against illegal land grabs.

In 2001, Wukan villagers with similar grievances expelled government officials and police, prompting a weekslong standoff.