Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Eminent domain abuse by Chinese government leads to suicides by farmers

The New York Times on Sunday ran a major story by Ian Johnson, “Picking Death over Eviction”, about suicide by Chinese farmers in rural areas when their land is taken by the government under eminent domain and they are very poorly compensated.  The story is here  and it looks a bit like the way land was taken from farmers in Tennessee during WWII to build Oak Ridge, or even like taking land from Palestinians to build West Bank settlements.
The Times offers a translation into Chinese (script, probably Mandarin) online. 

This is certainly a story that will attract attention of the libertarian community.  

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