Cross-border 'land grab' sparks protest

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 January, 2007, 12:00am

More than 20 Hong Kong citizens with relatives in Fujian province say they have been the victims of an unlawful land grab by the Jinjiang municipal government.

Lee Kin-ming, 45, says his collective ownership certificate proves the council grabbed the land illegally and is one of the score of locals who have petitioned the Hong Kong government to intervene.

Residents say the 101-hectare site originally housed 447 blocks and was subject to a collective ownership system which prevented land acquisition by municipal governments.

One of the Jinjiang residents said the municipal government was forcing residents to accept a compensation deal worth a quarter of the market value.

'And if you don't accept, they're going to bulldoze the houses anyway,' he said.

He said the compensation deals offered 1,000 yuan per square metre, or a flat of unspecified size in the future development on the site. Mr Lee said the whole plot of land was worth around 15 billion yuan.