BEIJING — Thousands of residents of a southern Chinese village staging a rare revolt are rallying to call for the return of the body of a local representative whose death in police custody helped sparked the rebellion.
Villager Qin Zhuan said thousands gathered at a square outside a local temple Saturday to shout slogans calling for the return of farmland they say has been sold to developers without their consent.
She says the villagers would also hold a march in the village to demand that police return the body of Xue Jinbo, a village representative who died in police custody last Sunday.
Police have set up checkpoints around Wukan, a village of 20,000. Villagers are keeping police out with barricades and regular patrols.