'Bloody Map' marks illegal land seizures

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 October, 2010, 12:00am

A mainland blogger marked illegal land grabs and property demolitions on Google maps and called the public to boycott 'blood-stained apartments' built on these locations.

The 'Bloody Map' site had registered about 50,000 visits by yesterday, and many of the visitors were adding updates, Xinhua reported.

The map, which identifies about 70 forced land seizures since 2003, was begun by 35-year-old blogger 'Bloody Map', who declines to give his real name, on the popular Web portal Sina.com on October 9.

The link at http://t.sina.com.cn/bloodymap directs visitors to two Google maps webpages, which mark places that are reportedly sites of land conflicts - some deadly.

The 'open version' of the map welcomes users to add and revise tags, while the 'revised version' contains disputes that have been confirmed.

The blogger told Xinhua he named the project 'Bloody Map' after discussions with online users. Marks on the map can be removed after the media says conflicts have been resolved. 'Media coverage and public attention to illegal land seizure disputes can gradually fade out, failing to form a persistent deterrent to the phenomenon,' he said.