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China's 'rebel' village braces for a showdown

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>> China's rebel village is up in arms. Thousands of people taking to the streets of Wukan this week, furious about a long-running property dispute. And demanding that authorities release their leader, village chief Lin Zuluan. It's the latest chapter in Wukan's experiment with activism. Reuters' James Pomfret is on the ground.
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>> Some villagers say the unrest could be even greater than what it was five years ago in 2011, when this village really made international headlines for being almost a symbol of grassroots democracy in China. And many of the villagers, by protesting and coming out in the thousands, they managed to gain startling concessions from the local government.
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And a lot of people now are waiting to see what authorities would do and whether there might be a repeat of what happened five years ago. Wukan's leader Lin Zuluan had been calling for a massive march against illegal land grabs but was suddenly detained over the weekend and accused of corruption.
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On Tuesday, appearing on state TV saying, quote, yes I accepted kickbacks for public projects. Authorities have sent in security forces to surround the village and warned locals that they protest at their own risk. Journalists have also been threatened, one official cursing and shouting, quote, I won't play nice, getting rough with a Hong Kong TV crew.
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But for now, Lin's supporters aren't going anywhere. They say his confession was probably forced. And they're not ready to give up the fight just yet.