Peasants Take Law Into Their Own Hands – John Garnaut

From The Sydney Morning Herald:

The road to China’s suburban dream is potted with the usual grievances. The bus to town is too crowded, the toll road too expensive, developers too dishonest.

But the young families who were driven by Beijing’s sizzling property prices to buy at Grand Jade Garden, on the city’s eastern fringe have a more fundamental problem: none of them have legal title to the homes they thought they owned.

“They couldn’t bulldoze this place because there are so many of us,” says young mother Shi Conglai. But her reassurance is laced with doubt. “Where would we all go?” [Full Text]


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