Friday, October 25, 2013

CHINA - Protests Over Non-Consensual Land Grabs

"Why Chinese protesters have resorted to self-immolation over urban construction" PBS Newshour 10/24/2013


JUDY WOODRUFF (Newshour):  The country's urban population has swelled in recent decades, bringing hundreds of millions of people out of rural areas and into cities.  That migration has led to a surge in construction and the demolition of millions of homes to make way for developments, sometimes without the consent of residents.  Protesters attempting to stop the destruction have blocked heavy machinery, fought with officials, and even set themselves on fire.

Hari Sreenivasan takes a closer look at that practice.  He spoke with Frank Langfitt from NPR's Shanghai bureau earlier today via Skype.

And a warning: Some viewers may find the report disturbing.

Hay... what are they worried about?  Maybe having a major city with pollution that shut it down is another indicator.  Government not working for them.

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