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Detained for premier petition

By Yan Shuang (Global Times)

09:37, November 22, 2012

A villager in Yiliang county, Yunnan Province, who kowtowed in front of Premier Wen Jiabao to draw attention to a land expropriation dispute during his inspection of earthquake relief in September, was released Tuesday after a day's detention by local police.

Liang Yonglan, 29, who led other villagers to petition Wen during his visit on September 8, was given a seven-day administrative detention Monday evening for "disturbing social order."

She was released immediately after her husband posted a 1,000-yuan ($160.5) bond Tuesday, reported.

It is unclear why Liang was detained more than two months after Wen's visit.

Premier Wen visited the disaster-struck area on September 8, one day after an earthquake measuring 5.7-magnitude rattled the region.

The county's police said Liang, along with three other villagers, kneeled at a crossroad in Fajie village, congesting traffic for over 20 minutes and causing "serious political and social consequences," as Wen got out of his car to shake hands with villagers and inquiry about how they were coping.

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