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Ex-chief of China protest village formally charged

In this Saturday, March 3, 2012 file photo, Lin Zuluan smiles after he was elected as chief of village in an election to select village committees in Wukan village, Lufeng city, in southern China"s Guangdong province. Image copyright Associated Press
Image caption Lin Zuluan was elected after huge public protests

The former chief of a Chinese village which famously staged a protest against government land grabs has been formally charged for taking bribes.

Lin Zuluan was elected head of Wukan in rare open polls in 2012, a move intended to calm the unrest.

But he was detained last month for corruption and later appeared on state television apparently confessing.

The detention sparked renewed protests as villagers demanded his release, believing his confession was forced.

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