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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Friday, April 02, 2004

The Epoch Times :: Chinese Police Beat Protesting Retirees in Chongqing

The Epoch Times:

Forced Evictions in China. An Uygur outside a demolished home"In a three-day standoff that has blocked a major road in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, police have descended on several hundred elderly people protesting government plans to relocate them and beaten at least two couples, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports. "

The appropriation private homes and land is one of the most serious topics in both urban and rural areas in China. New roads, factories, and housing and office developments are constantly being built on the ruins of previously residential dwellings.

protesting pensioners Picture Courtesy Epoch TimesPeople evicted from their homes often complain of getting very little notice and inadequate compensation.

Forced evictions are commonplace and in a recent incident an elderly Uygur man in Xinjiang in China's north west died after being crushed by a bulldozer whilst refusing to leave his home.

The lack of humanity is fueled it is claimed by corruption and graft as local officials work hand in hand with hungry developers wishing to take a piece of China's residential and building boom.