December 21, 2011 4:38 PM

China's rebellious villagers halt protest after apparent intervention

A tense standoff between rebellious villagers and local officials in the fishing town of Wukan on China's eastern coast appeared to come to an end on Wednesday, though the tentative agreement did not untangle allegations of official corruption and land grabs. Stretching more than a week, the takeover of Wukan from police and officials was arguably the most dramatic example of social unrest in a year marked by bursts of tumult around the country.

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