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No Compensation in Shanwei City

What is affected
Housing private
Land Private
Type of violation Forced eviction
Demolition/destruction
Dispossession/confiscation
Date 01 December 2005
Region A [ Asia ]
Country China
Location Dongzhou Village, Shanwei City, Guangdong Province

Affected persons

Total 2000
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution
Details Conflict over Evictions in Shanwei City.htm
Development
Forced eviction
Costs
Demolition/destruction
Land losses

- Land area (square meters)

- Total value
Housing losses
- Number of homes 20
- Total value

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

State
Local
Catholic Church
Brief narrative

By Gu Qing’er, Epoch Times Staff, Aug 26, 2007-rnrnAt 9 a.m. on Aug 24, 2007, a large scale conflict broke out between armed police and 2000 residents in Dongzhou Village, Shanwei City, Guangdong Province.rnrnThe authority mobilized almost a thousand armed police and public security personnel. They used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the 2000 residents attempting to stop a construction project. The armed police withdrew at 3 p.m. that afternoon.rnrnThree residents were injured and hospitalized. According to a resident, one of the three hospitalized residents is no longer in mortal danger after emergency rescue.rnrnIt is said the authorities planned to arrest the participating residents in Dongzhou. The residents call for attention to this matter from people and media outside of China.rnrnPolice and Gangsters Were WaitingrnrnThe local regime has not compensated those residents who lost their land to the Shanwei Power Plant’s 500kV power cable construction project. Instead of paying the residents, the regime hired hundreds of gangsters at the construction site to stop the protest. Angry residents protested and demanded that the government provide reasonable compensation and tried to stop the power plant from hanging electrical cables.rnrnTo ensure that the construction continued, on Aug 24, 2007, the Shanwei authority mobilized armed police to the construction site, along with the gangsters and the construction workers.rnrnA resident at the scene disclosed that because the authority put in more gangsters to watch the construction site, the residents from Dongzhou Village decided to go to the site to ask for an explanation. Almost 2000 residents went. About 1000 armed police, public security personnel, and gangsters attacked the residents and injured many of them. Three of the residents were hospitalized.rnrnA female resident said that most of those who were injured by the tear gas grenades were seniors, three of them were injured badly and five slightly.rnrn“The police used tear gas grenades and water cannons to hurt the protesters. Many of them couldn’t open their eyes. Ever since the power plant was built here, the land compensation issue was never resolved. Now the government hired gangsters to stop and assault residents, hence many people decided to stop the construction.rnrn“Some protesters were arrested and some were beaten. Still now over 20 demolished private properties were not properly compensated. The residents appealed many times to the government but got nothing. The government then hired gangsters to threaten the residents,� said a resident.

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