>> Once dubbed a symbol of grassroots democracy, a Chinese village descends into chaos. Riot police facing running battles with protestors after 13 people were arrested in Wukan fishing village on Tuesday. Video shared online claims to show the bloody aftermath. The trouble has been brewing in Wukan since the local village chief was arrested for corruption earlier in the year.
He was jailed last week amid months of protests and an appearance on state TV where he read out a confession. The villagers believe it was forced. The local leader had been democratically elected to his post, a rare sight in the communist country. That came after a violent uprising in 2011.
The Communist Party backed down, granting village-wide elections. Now human rights activists in nearby Hong Kong believe this may represent an unprecedented push to silence Wukan. Calls for widespread democracy are rejected by Beijing, which has long feared that sentiment seeping across Hong Kong's borders into Southern China. Residents in Wukan said hundreds of police were involved in the latest raids and that the village was on lockdown.
Amnesty International says the government could be sending a warning for other villages to stay away from organized protest.