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Nail House

Village activist locked up along with entire family after protest

Yao Baohua and his wife will be separated by steel bars on their 50th wedding anniversary this year. He is locked up at the Changzhou Detention Centre awaiting trial, accused of "inciting a mob" and disturbing the peace.

Thursday, 7 February, 2013, 4:34pm 1 comment

'Land-saving' bridge building faces demolition

Villagers from the Wenling's Meixi village have come up with an ingenious, if legally questionable, solution to their land shortage: They built a bridge – and put a three-storey building on top.

24 Jan 2013 - 2:22pm

Villagers made homeless after developer demolishes houses

Villagers from Pingdingshan county’s Bailou village, China’s southeastern Henan province, were left homeless as wrecking crews reduced their houses to rubble.

4 Jan 2013 - 7:59pm 1 comment

Lone Chinese home destroyed; farmer accepts deal

Authorities have demolished a five-story home that stood incongruously in the middle of a new main road and had become the latest symbol of resistance by Chinese homeowners against officials.

1 Dec 2012 - 4:03pm

'Nail house' couple refuse to move

The owners of a five-story “nail house” situated in the middle of a huge dual carriageway in eastern Zhejiang province say they won’t move until they receive adequate compensation.

Chinese media reported on Friday that the couple was angry with the small amount of compensation being offered to them by the local government to move out of their home.

23 Nov 2012 - 4:11pm 1 comment

'Nail house' family defies the traffic, and officials, in battle for compensation

The house of Xu Jun forces Huting North Road, a four-lane highway in Jiuting town of Shanghai municipality, to narrow to two lanes around the building. It is known as the city's most notorious 'nail house' but Xu doesn't like the nickname and feels embarrassed and helpless about his family's situation.

Why don't you want to move?

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Land can still be seized, says legal expert

Authorities can still forcefully acquire land from residents in the name of public interest under the new Property Law, which enshrined private ownership in the mainland's civil code in October, a legal expert said yesterday.

Hopes had been expressed that the law would offer better protection to citizens affected by sprawling urban development.

28 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Nail house owner vows to fight on

The Hong Kong owner of a Shenzhen 'nail house' said yesterday he would appeal against 'inadequate' compensation ordered for the demolition of his home.

In a ruling on Monday, the Shenzhen Housing and Land Resources Bureau ordered Choi Chu-cheung, the 57-year-old owner of the six-storey home, to accept 5.06 million yuan in compensation from the developer and move out.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

'Nail house' blogger is homeowners' hope

As the nation watched and waited late last month to learn the fate of a two-storey house sitting stubbornly in the middle of a building site in Chongqing , Zhou Shuguang decided to go there to report first-hand on developments 'from an ordinary citizen's point of view'.

29 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Sweet victory

China's dazzling economic achievements since the late 1970s have impressed the world. But few give much thought to the millions of ordinary folk who had to pay a price - often by moving out of their homes for little or no compensation - to make way for shopping malls, hospitals, luxury apartments and other symbols of modernity.

11 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

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