Emeute dans le Hengshan 横山县 (Shaanxi 陕西) – juillet 2010

Coalmine clash leaves dozens injured

Global Times

July 20 2010

The incident occurred at around 8 am on Saturday when more than 100 villagers, armed with shovels and other tools, stormed the coalmine area and smashed the gates leading to the main shafts and other facilities, in an attempt to stop production.

By Song Shengxia

Eight people have been detained in northwest Shaanxi Province for their role in a bloody clash over the weekend that resulted in dozens of injuries, authorities said Monday, months after a local government department allegedly overturned a court ruling on coalmine ownership that angered villagers.

A total of 200 people, including an unspecified number of villagers from Hengshan County and miners who work at the Shandong Coalmine, were involved the Yulin City government told the Xinhua News Agency. The identities of the people in police custody was not immediately known.

The incident occurred at around 8 am on Saturday when more than 100 villagers, armed with shovels and other tools, stormed the coalmine area and smashed the gates leading to the main shafts and other facilities, in an attempt to stop production, Xinhua reported.

Managers of the mine mobilized more than 70 workers to fight back and drive the villagers away, the agency reported.

A total of 87 people were injured, including 63 villagers and 24 mineworkers. Six villagers suffered serious injuries and were taken to local hospitals for treatment, Xinhua said.

A doctor surnamed Ma at the Red Cross Hospital in Hengshan County told the Global Times that about 50 people, most of whom suffered fractures from attacks with pickaxes or shovels, were treated at that hospital, and those who were seriously injured were sent to the No. 1 Hospital of Yulin City.

Liu Wei, a doctor at the hospital, told the Global Times that most of the injured left the hospital immediately once their condition was under control, for fear of being detained. Some of the injured miners were taken to the local police station after they were treated.

A clinic doctor in the village, who initially treated the six critically wounded, told the Global Times that « local residents have been filing lawsuits against the department for almost eight years, but their demands were not responded to in a timely manner. They went to the coalmine only to seek answers. » The doctor only gave his surname Zhai.

« The village head, Fan Xiuguo, has also been detained, » he said.

In a statement to the Global Times, the county government confirmed the clashes and said the villagers broke through the gate leading to the main shaft of the mine and stopped « normal production. »

Production and sales operations at the mine were suspended Saturday. The manage-ment of the mine was under investigation and its bank account was frozen, according to Xinhua.

Eight detained for mine clash in Shaanxi

english.eastday.com

2010-07-20

Yulin, Shaanxi – Police in Yulin, a resource-rich city in Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, have detained eight people responsible for Saturday’s violent clash at a coal mine that left dozens injured.

The eight suspects, some of who are residents of Fanhe village in Hengshan county while others workers at the Shandong Coal Mine, have been accused of masterminding the violence that involved almost 200 people, a spokesman with the Yulin city government said on Monday.

More than 100 villagers, armed with shovels and other tools, entered the mining area at 8 am on Saturday. They smashed the gates leading to the main shafts and other mine facilities in a bid to stop production, he said.

The mine’s management mobilized more than 70 workers to drive the villagers away, he said.

The two sides ended up clashing as they attacked each other with bricks and stones.

Liu Shuyuan, deputy director of information department of the county’s Party committee, said a total of 87 people, of whom 63 were villagers of Fanhe village and 24 were miners, were injured in the clash.

« As of now, 24 people have been discharged from the hospital. Six people are seriously injured and are undergoing treatment. Medical experts have been called in from Xi’an (the province’s capital) to help with the treatment, » Liu told China Daily.

Operations at the mine were suspended on Saturday and its bank account was frozen. The mine’s management is also under review.

According to an initial probe, the clash was a result of an old dispute over the ownership of the mine.

The Shandong Coal Mine, which employs 210 people who produce 300,000 tons of coal annually, was founded in 1995 as a collectively-owned entity by the residents of Fanjiahe village.

A shortage of capital forced the villagers to look outside for funds and Li Zhao, a businessman from Shandong province, invested as a partner.

When Li renewed the mine’s license in 2000, he changed the business into a private firm.

The villagers demanded the authorities nullify the change and dragged the provincial land and resources department to court.

A court in Yulin ruled in favor of the villagers in 2005 and declared the new license null and void. The provincial higher court backed the ruling in 2007.

The dispute between the villagers and mine authorities escalated after Li and his team failed to respond to the court ruling, the Yulin city government spokesman said.

Wang Xizhou, a lawyer representing the villagers, said it was illegal that the provincial land and resources department denied an effective court verdict.

Professor Tan Qiugui at the China University of Political Science and Law said an administrative department should never be permitted to challenge the authority of the judiciary.

« Only by giving administrative and judicial punishment to those responsible can the country prevent such cases from reoccurring and safeguard social stability, » Tan said.

Huit personnes détenues après une rixe responsable de dizaines de blessés dans une mine de charbon du Shaanxi

french.china.org.cn

20 07 2010

Huit personnes ont été détenues par les autorités de Yulin, une ville minière de la province du Shaanxi (nord-ouest), suite à un affrontement dans une mine de charbon samedi 17 juillet, qui a fait des dizaines de blessés.

Les huit détenus -parmi lesquels des habitants du village de Fanjiahe dans le district de Hengshan et des ouvriers de la mine de charbon de Shandong- sont soupçonnés d’être les instigateurs des violences qui ont impliqué près de 200 personnes, a précisé lundi un porte-parole du gouvernement municipal de Yulin.

Samedi à 08H00, une centaine de villageois armés de pelles et d’outils, sont entrés en force dans la mine. Ils ont cassé les portes menant à plusieurs puits et d’autres équipements, en tentant d’arrêter la production, a indiqué le porte-parole.

La direction de la mine a mobilisé plus de soixante-dix ouvriers pour faire quitter les villageois.

Les deux côtés ont fini par s’attaquer les uns et les autres à coup de briques et de pierres. Un total de 87 personnes ont été blessés, soit 63 villageois et 24 ouvriers.

Six villageois ont été blessés plus grièvement et hospitalisés à Yulin.

Le fonctionnement de la mine a été suspendues samedi, car la direction de la mine a été interrogée par les enquêteurs, et les comptes bancaires de l’exploitation gelés.

Selon l’enquête officielle, une vieille divergence autour de la propriété de la mine est à l’origine de cet affrontement.

La mine de Shandong, avec 210 employés et une production annuelle de 300 000 tonnes, a été créée en 1995 en tant qu’entreprise collective par les habitants de Fanjiahe. Fan Zhanfei, issu du village, était le premier directeur général de la mine.

Cependant, une pénurie de capital a obligé les villageois à s’associer à Li Zhao, originaire de la province du Shandong.

En 2000, Li Zhao a renouvelé la licence de la mine et changé le statut de celle-ci en une entreprise privée dont il était le seul propriétaire.

Fan Zhanfei et les villageois ont alors demandé aux autorités locales d’annuler ce changement de statut, et attaqué en justice le département provincial du territoire et des ressources.

En 2005, un tribunal de Yulin a rendu un verdict donnant raison aux villageois, et ordonnant l’annulation de la nouvelle licence. Cette décision a été plus tard approuvée par la cour supérieure de la province, en 2007.

Le conflit entre les villageois et la direction de la mine s’est envenimé suite au refus de Li Zhao et de son équipe de respecter le verdict, a expliqué le porte-parole.

Informations

Le xian de Hengshan (横山县) est un district administratif de la province du Shaanxi (陕西) en Chine. Il est placé sous la juridiction de la ville-préfecture de Yulin.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 21 juillet 2010.

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