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Monday, 30 July 2007

Beijing Residents Appeal Against Olympics Forced Relocations

As Beijing Olympics approaches, distraught residents appeal against forced relocations without compensation.

As of July 27, in the heart of the 2008 Olympics site, residents of Datun village, Chaoyang district, Beijing, have maintained a sitting appeal in front of Beijing Huahui Real Estate for twelve consecutive days. They are urging authorities to solve their problems and to respect their property rights and compensations after they were forcibly evicted to make way for the Olympics. Yet in 12 days not one communist cadre has come out to meet with them.

The appeal was triggered by the local regime's plan for a new construction of a golf course and apartments in Olympics Project. The construction has evicted nearly 1,000 families to make way.

Mr Xiao from Datun village told The Epoch Times the appeal has been running for 12 consecutive days. Everyone comes to this appeal voluntarily and on average, 300 to 400 people take part in the appeal everyday. At peak times, over 700 people participated in the appeal. Epoch Times