(born 1971) is a pro-democracy activist
. Lu is a farmer from Baoyuesi village in Hubei
province. During a period of drought in 2000, Lu began campaigning for reductions in the taxes levied upon poor farmers. Since that time Lu has campaigned on issues of land seizures, corruption, and access to health care. In 2003, Lu was elected to a position in the Zhijiang City People's Congress
. In 2004, he was elected to the Baoyuesi villager committee.Elfstrom, M. 2005, , China Elections & Governance
, 10 March.
Lu's political activities have led to violence against himself, his family, and his property. This attracted global media attention in 2005 when Lu was severely beaten by hired thugs and the incident was witnessed by Guardian
journalist Benjamin Joffe-Walt
. The attack was allegedly intended to intimidate Lu and convince him to end his campaign against corrupt local politicians. Lu declared his intention to continue campaigning against corruption, saying, "I know there are tigers in the mountain, but I still go to the mountain."Watts, J. 2005, , The Guardian
, 12 October.FIDH 2007, , www.fidh.org
, 12 October. Retrieved 3 March 2008.
Lu Banglie is reported to have been influenced by the thought of Mohandas Gandhi
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