Helen Whalen Cohen

Just over a week ago, residents of China's Wukan village drove local officials out in a protest over a land dispute. The local government had negotiated with a large real estate company to build new properties on land that was held by residents. Angered over this, the locals elected a well liked villager to negotiate with the government.

Two days  later, his family was summoned to view his body. They were told that he had died of a heart attack, but the injuries he had sustained suggested otherwise.

Now Wukan residents are waiting to see what will happen next. No one has filled the power vacuum and police officers are beginning to surround the village. Could a Chinese Spring be next?


Helen Whalen Cohen

Helen Whalen Cohen is Associate Editor and Community Manager at Townhall.com.