Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Chongqing "Nail House"

Here's an interesting story that's being talked about in China:

As the article talks about in further detail, a strong-willed woman is refusing to vacate her home, which has been cleared for demolition as part of the development of her area. A historic Chinese law protecting private property was recently passed, fanning this woman's flames of discontent. The taking of people's land (all land is owned by the government in China, and some complain the compensation for their forced relocation is not enough) is one cause of social unrest, resulting in occasional riots and show-downs with the police. The most interesting part of the story is the photograph - a lone, rebellious house, perched atop its own island in a demolished neighborhood.

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