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Blockaded China Villagers Cancel March After Winning Concessions

Residents of a blockaded southern Chinese village canceled a protest march after winning concessions from the highest-ranking official yet to intervene in a two-week standoff over land and the death of a local man.

Zhu Mingguo, deputy secretary-general of the Communist Party’s Guangdong province committee, called the protesters’ demands in Wukan “reasonable” and agreed to release villagers held in police custody, Xinhua News Agency reported. He acknowledged party committees and government organizations in Wukan made “some mistakes,” which will be fixed. Wukan is about 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of Hong Kong in Guangdong.