Police detain housing protesters

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 January, 2005, 12:00am

Shanghai police detained dozens of people protesting over housing compensation outside the city's legislative building yesterday.

Witnesses said authorities bundled more than 20 people onto buses as Shanghai opened the yearly meeting of an advisory body to the legislature. The full legislature will start its five-day session today.

The protesters were trying to pass petitions demanding higher compensation payments for their demolished homes to members of the Shanghai People's Political Consultative Conference as they entered the building.

A heavy police presence remained around the Shanghai Exhibition Centre, even after authorities had cleared the area. Housing protests have been frequent in Shanghai over the past two years as development projects displace more people.

Inside the exhibition centre hall, Shanghai's vice-mayor and chairman of the advisory body, Jiang Yiren, called for unity, Shanghai television reported.

'We must investigate and research the concerns of society, and the needs and timely solutions to problems.'



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