Land dispute

Protesting farmer crushed to death in Sichuan

Online photo shows dead farmer Song Wuhua.

Another farmer has been crushed to death in China in a dispute with a mining company on Wednesday – the third such case in a week, mainland media reported on Friday.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 4:41pm 3 comments

China village chief held over land deal clash in Shangpu

A red sign reading "We must retaliate" is next to an upended car at the entrance of Shangpu village in Guangdong province last week. Photo: Reuters

Chinese authorities have arrested a village chief and eight other people over clashes surrounding a land deal that provoked residents’ fury, as officials sought to end a stand-off over the dispute on Sunday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hainan farmers protest decades-long land dispute

Farmers kneel and hold up placards reading "return our land, we need food" outside Sanya government offices to protest a 1991 land grab. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Dozens of farmers in Hainan Island’s capital Sanya knelt in front of the city’s government offices last month to protest against a court ruling on a 1991 land seizure they felt was unjust.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:14pm

China to tighten laws on land grabs in rural stability push

Villagers in Wukan, Guangdong, rally to demand the government take action over illegal land grabs in 2011. Photo: AFP

China’s cabinet vowed on Wednesday to tighten laws on the expropriation of farmland, warning that the problem risked fuelling rural unrest and undermining the country’s food security.

“Rural land has been expropriated too much and too fast as industrialisation and urbanisation accelerate,” state news agency Xinhua reported, summing up a meeting of the State Council.

28 Nov 2012 - 9:08pm

Henan city refuses to stop clearance of graves to make farmland

Graves are removed to make way for farmland in Zhoukou city, Henan. Photo: SCMP

A city in central Henan province says it will push ahead with grave demolitions after the levelling of millions of tombs sparked outrage.

Two million tombs in Zhoukou, one of the oldest cities on the mainland, have been removed over the past few months under a new provincial government policy to make more land available for agriculture.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:13am 1 comment

China Digest, November 17, 2012

The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau aims to survey 130,000 residents over the age of 45 by March to determine their risk of having a stroke, the capital's third leading cause of death, the Beijing Daily reports.

17 Nov 2012 - 5:00am

Myanmar farmers and villagers test newfound freedoms with protests

Farmers wave flags as they protest about the confiscation of their land to make way for a Chinese co-owned copper mine in Monywa, in northern Myanmar. Photo: AFP

Farmers and villagers in Myanmar are risking the fury of the authorities by standing up to big business in a test of new rights unthinkable during decades of military rule.

27 Sep 2012 - 4:20am

Residents ready to fight Discovery Bay developer over rural trail

Cyclists tried to pass through the construction site, but the trail was blocked. Photo: Edward Wong

Discovery Bay residents are gearing up for a fight over what they claim is an illegal land grab on a popular hiking and cycling trail for an alleged luxury housing development.

The residents plan to seek legal advice before writing to the Islands District Office and the Agricultural and Fisheries Conservation Department.

9 Sep 2012 - 4:03am

Deadly revenge attack in Kenya

Bodies of Orma pastoralists women after they were killed by the rival community of Pokomo people in Reketa village, Tana River district. Photo: EPA

Kenyan gunmen shot dead 11 people in a revenge attack following a massacre last month in which 52 people were killed in the remote southeastern Tana region, Red Cross officials said on Friday.

7 Sep 2012 - 4:17pm

Chongqing mother shoved into cement mixer over land grab row

Peng Shuhua was hurt during a row over illegally grabbed land.

A Chongqing woman was in intensive care yesterday after allegedly being pushed into a running cement mixer during a dispute over illegally seized land.

Peng Shuhua , 37, who runs a medical clinic in Dianjiang county in the southwestern municipality, had been at the site where her 80-square-metre ancestral home stood before it was razed to make way for retail shops.

7 Sep 2012 - 4:19am