Friday, November 10, 2006

Chinese Villagers Unhappy With Eminent Domain

China village fury at 'land grab'
Chinese villagers have clashed with police after blockading a warehouse they said was built on illegally seized land, Hong Kong media reported.

Thousands of villagers in southern Guangdong province moved on the building on Wednesday as dozens of officials gathered for its opening.

Police arrived with tear gas after the villagers refused to leave, demanding an official inquiry.

Rural unrest over alleged illegal land grabs in China is a growing problem.

There are thought to be thousands of protests a year, with farmers in villages whose land has been taken often directing their anger at corrupt local officials who skim off the profits of its sale to developers.


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