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Hanged to protest at being evicted, 56-year-old man’s Body Snatched by 200 Police in south China

Posted by Author on May 27, 2010

Radio Free Asia, May 26, 2010 –

HONG KONG— Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Changsha snatched the dead body of a 56-year-old man who hanged himself in protest at being evicted from his home to make way for a major property development, residents said.

“A vehicle came from the undertaker’s to take the dead body away, but the [relatives] refused,” said a resident of Changsha’s Rongwan township surnamed Ding.

“At this point there were a lot of police on the scene, some in camouflage, probably about 200 of them in all,” she said.

“Several of them dragged the body out, then about seven or eight of them lifted it into the vehicle.”

She said relatives had erected a marquee in the street to hold a funeral rite for Huang Jianhua, a laid-off worker who lived in accommodations belonging to the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China branch at No. 1 Baishaye Road.

Huang, 56, was found dead by a neighbor Friday, with a suicide note in his pocket saying he had been forced to sign an eviction agreement against his will.

The owner of a nearby business surnamed Xu was also at the scene.

“There were about 200 people: police, local community officials, and municipal management office in charge of the evictions,” Xu said.

“They put the body into a vehicle and took it to the undertaker’s.”

“There were a lot of onlookers as well … some people were taking photos on their cell phones and the police grabbed them immediately and wouldn’t let them do that,” he said.

Police confirm suicide

“There were a couple of elderly people I guessed were his parents. The old lady was lifted into the vehicle by four of five people.”

A police officer at the nearby Wangyuehu police station confirmed the suicide.

“Yes,” he said, when asked if an evictee had hanged himself, but declined to give further details.

A relative of Huang’s, surnamed Liu, confirmed that there was a suicide note in which Huang expressed his deep dissatisfaction with the eviction agreement.

“We are still in discussions about this, but so far there hasn’t been any result. We have reached an initial agreement and the body has been taken to the undertaker’s,” Liu said.

An employee who answered the phone at the Changsha municipal government offices denied the suicide and the tussle over Huang’s remains, but she confirmed the large police presence in the area……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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