77-year-old woman strips to protest the demolition of her home

 
Desperate for justice, a 77-year old woman knelt naked in front of a Shanghai courthouse on August 18 to protest the demolition of her home. The scene was filmed and has since gone viral online.
 
As a result of massive urban renewal programmes, forced evictions are frequent in China. These have infuriated home owners, who are often given only a few days’ notice before being thrown out of their homes. The so-called compensation is also far below the market rate. 
 
While stripping down in full daylight may seem like an extreme measure, other desperate homeowners have gone much further. One woman recently ended up disfigured after she set herself on fire. Last year, a man who set himself alight died from his burns. Others have even been killed while resisting eviction.
 
This was the second time Zhuang Jinghui, a former doctor, stripped naked outside her district courthouse – but it was the first time her protest was caught on camera. Jinghui spoke to the Observers to explain why she took such a drastic measure.
 
“They said I was mad, threatened to send me to an asylum. I’m not mad, I’m desperate”
 
I inherited my house. I opened a clinic there when I retired in 1992; my son ran a shop in the house, as well. In 2002, the government decided to redevelop the area. I hesitated for a long time, and finally signed a contract. I was tricked, however. I didn’t get the compensation the officials had promised me. I sued, and lost. I decided to keep fighting.
 
Then, in 2004, they sent people to seize my house. I wasn’t home; my sister, however, was. Two hours later, I got a phone call. My sister was dead. I was in shock. I checked the hospital’s records; they stated that my sister had been brought in after she fainted, but had died before she could be treated. Though my sister was in perfectly good health, they later claimed she died of a disease. 
 
In 2008, despite all my petitions to the court, they finally demolished by home. I was confined to a hotel for three days while they destroyed it. I was under surveillance at all times, even in the bathroom. When they let me out, they gave me 200 yuan [22 euros].
 
“The police follow me everywhere I go now. I’m a little afraid.”
 
The courts forced me to reconcile with Pudong’s Centre for Land Reserve [which demolished my house]. I am very angry about this reconciliation. The land reserve promised to give me 5,000 yuan a month until I could move into a new house. If they didn’t keep that promise, they were supposed to pay a penalty. Since I had no money left, I had to sign. They gave me the money at first, reluctantly, but after a few months they stopped paying. The courts have been apathetic. They keep telling me they doing research, that I must wait, but nothing ever happens.
 
WARNING: This video contains nudity and may shock viewers
Video posted on Youtube by canyureport.
 
Three weeks ago, I stripped naked and knelt down outside the courthouse for almost half an hour. They said I was mad, and threatened to send me to an asylum. I am not mad. I am desperate, and obtaining justice is the only way I will be able to subsist. All these years fighting the courts, I have often only eaten biscuits for meals.
 
Officials came to my house last week. They told me I was famous on the Web. I told them I didn’t know who took this video. They told me not to go outside, that the court was now considering my case. I was asked to go to court later this week. They have police following me everywhere I go now. I am a little afraid. But I am also angry. My sister lost her life, my house was confiscated, and now I am old. I have read many books about law during these past years, and I will keep defending my rights.”
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This post was written with FRANCE 24 journalist Gaelle Faure.

Comments

77 yrs and treated worse than an animal by the caring socialists

Does Chinese law have no respect for its citizens rights. T'would seem not. It sounds like quick buck land. And these are the people that the West is using to make their own quick buck. All thieves together. Politics is truly the same the world over. Small minded bureacrats; all with their snouts in the trough. Have they no shame? Of course not.

China

With China swimming in money there is no excuse for this. I have said this before everyone who buys Chinese products supports this treatment and has a hand in it. What the Chinese government is doing by confiscating property is nothing more than robbery. The only time China ever does the right thing is when they are publicly embarrased.

Chinese Inhumanity to its Citizens

Nothing new here,I am afraid.The Chinese Government has not really changed.It has no respect for the human rights of its populace.This "Urban regeneration" has been going on for years and probably reached its peak when they stole 1000's pf properties in Beijing to house stadia for the Olympic Games.
However Western Governments are so mad keen to cash in on the economic growth in China.that they are reluctant to make human rights an issue and largely ignore the situation.
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