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01.12.2012 13:40

Forced Demolitions Getting Creative

New rules last year set out to end forced demolitions, but local officials have instead resorted to legal loopholes to continue the controversial practice.
By staff reporters Fang Xuyan and Lea Yu
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In 2011, Chinese officials announced they were stopping forced demolitions once and for all, by outlawing the use of violence, intimidation and other illegal tactics during property seizures. The new law came after a slew of homeowner suicides, threatened self-immolations and stand-offs between residents and police sparked public outcry over local government power.

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