At dusk of the early autumn, villagers in Wukan, an ordinary village in south China’s Guangdong province, are taking a walk or chitchatting in twos and threes. Peddlers are busy with their final trades for the day along both sides of the street. After the disturbance happening one week ago, peace has returned to Wukan.
Different from Wukan’s peace, some foreign media seem to be impatient. They refuse to let the village be at peace, so they keep hyping all kinds of sensational reports about Wukan. “83-year-old woman shot to death amid protests in Wukan village”, “police fired at villagers”, “Wukan police beat up five Hong Kong journalists” ... Once such like reports are released, some media from Hong Kong and other regions will be bustling for quite a while. However, Wukan villagers always laugh it off, “That’s not true.” “They are making up stories.”
For instance, the old lady who was reported “die with two shots” by some Hong Kong media stood out in front of local media and declared furiously that “I am alive”.
Another lady surnamed Cai admitted that the photo she posted on the Internet before claiming her cousin was hit by police in Wukan was fabricated deliberately.
Five Hong Kong journalists who claimed being “slapped, punched and slammed” by policemen, actually were thought to be thieves and sent to the police station by Wukan security team when sneaking into the village for illegal interview at night. Finally the case was dealt with rationally and calmly. “We did not even touch them! How could they lie in their teeth?” grumbled a policeman from Lufeng Police Station.
Thus, some oversea media wrapped themselves into illusions on Wukan and sank into the endless loop of “making a slander-slander being exposed-making another slander-slander being exposed again”.
This is not the first time some overseas media have twisted facts like this. In 2011, there were more than 80 media companies flooding to Wukan. Among of those people, some played as director, plotting the whole event to incite villagers in Wukan to go for strike.
At the beginning of this year’s Wukan issue, Lin Zulian, then Party Secretary of Wukan village, prepared to duplicate the same measures 5 years ago, to stir up the event with overseas media coverage. He attempted to utilize power of some western media to find a way out of the corruption he convicted.
However, the plan went south. Lin and the involved overseas media miscalculated Chinese government. The government fully unveiled details of the event instead of stepping into the traps they have set. It made the land dispute and Lin’s corruption crime go public separately, with full transparency and no reservation. More importantly, most of Wukan’s villagers have been aware of the real intention of those people, and they chose to keep away from them.
“Villages celebrated Mid-autumn Festival with firecrackers, and you can see what the people want," said by a responsible officer of Lufeng. On the morning of September 13 when local police arrested more than 10 suspects in Wukan, people celebrated. “Those who make trouble will pay for it. We all want to live peacefully and do business here. Actually, no one wants the trouble to continue, but everyone just keeps silent,” said a fishmonger.
In fact, after Lin Zulian accepted the judgment and showed penitence, Wukan villagers basically believed his involvement in corruption. In the following two months, actually less than 100 villagers created disturbances, and Wukan has a population of 13 thousand. “It is so ridiculous that some overseas forces pull the things happening here up to the democracy and human rights issues,” said by a teacher in Wukan, “Their effort will be in vain.”