posted on Aug, 3 2005 @ 08:26 AM
Reports have been coming out of China regarding a more aggressive policy of forced evictions in order to further the country's already rapid economic
growth. The most recent episode has been filmed by a local farmer and shows graphically the tactics the government is willing to employ in order
achieve economic advancement.
A gang of more than 100 men wearing camouflage gear and construction helmets, some armed with hunting rifles, clubs and shovels, clashed violently
with local villagers. Six people died.
More than 66 million Chinese farmers have lost their land in the past 10 years. It is a land grab which has fattened the wallets of government
officials and left tens of thousands of people homeless.
China's President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao came into office saying they wanted to do more to improve the lives of those living in China's
rural areas, but now they face a major challenge in the countryside.
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It would seem that the pace of advancement is being stepped up even further within China. As urban sprawl and industrial development begins to really
take effect we are bound to hear more stories such as this.
However, the problem the authorites are obviously going to face is that of balancing such development with ensuring the perceived rights of the
ordinary man and woman are upheld. Too many perceived violations may stir widespread unrest within the peasantry, and that would create a situation
which would be extremely difficult to manage.
Having said all that, the road to development is a rocky one, and difficult choices must be made sometimes. I wonder if the practice of widespread
evictions that is being carried out in China at the moment has been mirrored, at some time in the past, within any of the nations we now considered as