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Eviction Protests Quashed in Northwest China

Posted by Author on November 28, 2008

Radio Free Asia, 2008-11-26 –

Authorities in Xingping, in China’s northern Shaanxi province, have launched a major campaign to evict villagers from their homes to make way for the expansion of a chemical plant.

HONG KONG— Authorities in the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi have launched a crackdown on villagers who blockaded a fertilizer plant in protest at plans to resettle them to make way for its expansion.

“At one time, the villagers totally blocked the entrance to the fertilizer plant, which caused a big stir,” a source close to the situation said. “There were some journalists there taking pictures but no reports were ever published. A lot of police and armed police were mobilized.”

The crackdown began around three weeks ago, he said. “The municipal Party secretary and the mayor both came to the scene to talk to the people. They promised that the expansion would be temporarily halted and the incident would be forgotten.”

More than 1,000 residents of Xiaofu village, Xingping city, are complaining about forced evictions with insufficient compensation and a lack of due process amid plans to expand a fertilizer plant owned by the Shaanxi Xinghua Chemical Co.

Reports have been posted online by netizens who say they are residents of Xiaofu village protesting the expansion. Those reports said villagers were offered compensation of 50,000 yuan (U.S.$7,300) per person.

However, the dispute arose over the fact that compensation issues were still not fully agreed when demolition gangs began moving in, the online reports said……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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