Lindsay Beck: China farmers rally over Olympics land dispute

From Reuters, via KNEB:

Hundreds of Chinese farmers protested in a Beijing suburb on Thursday after being forced from their land to make way for an Olympic stadium, the latest in a wave of disputes over property rights.

Makeshift signs reading “Support the Olympics, resettle the farmers who have lost their land!” were strung up alongside a wide green-and-white banner proclaiming the site for the stadium and watersports complex for the 2008 Beijing Games.

Beyond it lay green fields the farmers of Maxingzhuang village say was their land before it was appropriated without compensation or resettlement being offered.


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