At least three villagers have died after police fired on protesters in Dongzhou, Guangdong province, during a confrontation over compensation demands for the loss of land to make way for the construction of a power plant, state media reported. The report said 170 villagers armed with "knives, steel spears, sticks, dynamite powder, bottles filled with petroleum and fishing detonators" launched an attack on a wind power station last week. It claimed the police only opened fire when the protestors began to throw explosives at them. Villagers claim as many as 20 people were killed. Investigators have since detained the police commander in charge at the scene.
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