UN Protestors Highlight China's Forced Eviction Problem

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In China, forced evictions are a heated issue. Local authorities and companies often collude to force people off their land to make way for new development. And if you're evicted in China, there's often no way get fair compensation. Our reporter spoke with two victims of forced eviction who are protesting outside the United Nations building in New York.
[Chen Xuxing, Forced Eviction Victim]:
"This is a photo of my house. It had 4 floors and was close to 500 square meters."

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Residents have little legal protection—even when companies do illegal things to force them out.

[Chen Xuxing, Forced Eviction Victim]:
"Because we didn't reach an agreement, three days later they employed thugs to break into my house."

This is video footage from the surveillance camera on Mr. Chen's house.

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Mr. Chen was hospitalized for two months.

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According to the Asia Advocacy Director at Human Rights Watch, this type of corruption is common in China.

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To make way for Shanghai's World Expo, local authorities evicted an estimated eighteen thousand families from their homes. Hu Yan's family was one of them.

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Ms. Hu says that the land reclassification broke the law, but no court would hear her case.

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Ms. Hu's home was destroyed in 2005. Since then, Chinese authorities have released new guidelines on forced evictions. But it seems that progress has been minimal.

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Still seeking justice, Ms. Hu has brought her protest to the United Nations in New York. After seeing her on the news, Mr. Chen—who now lives in the U.S.—joined her.

[Chen Xuxing, Forced Eviction Victim]:
"There is simply nowhere you can go to get your voice heard. There is no one taking care of these things, no one taking responsibility."

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Hu Yan has vowed to stay outside the United Nations until the Shanghai World Expo ends in October.

Ben Hedges, NTD News.

(Karen Chang and Shelley Zhang contributed to this report)

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