In a little (by Chinese standards) fishing village of 20,000:
“For the first time on record, the Chinese Communist party has lost all control, with the population of 20,000 in this southern fishing village now in open revolt.” So begins Telegraph correspondent Malcolm Moore’s report of what he has personally witnessed in the fishing village of Wukan, Guangdong over the past few days. Enraged over government land grabs, villagers have now overrun local authorities and driven police out. They remain barricaded within their village, roadblocks set up by both police and villagers preventing food and water from entering.
It would seem, based on the information linked in this article, that the people started with some serious issues which their local leadership was unable or unwilling to address. Now, at least one person has died while in the custody of the authorities and the situation grows worse.
When a government fails to protect its citizens from itself, there comes a point where the people believe they have no choice but to take back control of the situation. In this regard, the situation in Wukan might speak to the beginnings of a new Chinese revolution. Of course, the authorities might simply squash this uprising by sending in the police and army and carting off the entire population to be reeducated.
At this point, it is hard to know what to do for these folks other than to spread the word.