The Court of Renshou County on Monday began an administrative review of the detainment of a woman by county police for disturbing the government’s peace after she and a group of fellow villagers went into a township government canteen and ate up all the staff lunches, Beijing News reports.Huang Manyun, a farm woman in Renshou, a county in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province, and other 20 villagers went to the township government on November 28, 2011 to deal with a land requisition dispute with the government. While there they went into the canteen and consumed all the government staff lunches at noon without paying. Huang was arrested and detained for 15 days by county police on January 4, 2012. The county police’s decision was based on the Law on Penalties for Administration of Public Security.
Huang submitted her administrative review request on March 19. In it she denied that she had led the people to grab the lunches and denied disturbing the government’s working order.
In court, Huang insisted that the group’s 11 acres of land was requisitioned for highway construction, while the government’s record was only five acres, thus the compensation was inadequate. The government denied any error in measurement, and emphasized that the compensation has been paid and Huang had also signed on the agreement.
The township government also claimed that Huang and her followers didn’t follow the legal procedure to plea. It claimed that when they entered the government building, Huang and her followers were very noisy and threatened not to leave until their requests were satisfied. It said their actions constituted an illegal gathering and seriously disturbed the government’s working environment.
Huang insisted that when they went to the canteen, she had the cook’s permission. Huang told the cook she didn’t have enough money and promised him to pay him after the dispute was over. Huang admitted that all the canteen lunch food was eaten by her group and government workers had to go out to for lunch, but that her group had done nothing else to disturb the peace.
The cook said he didn’t admit Huang and her followers to eat. But in front of so many people, he said he didn’t dare stop them. He contacted a township official about the situation and the township government later contacted the county police.