(raw video)China 05/11/10 Among the most socially devastating consequences of the large-scale urban renewal programmes in China are the mass evictions taking place in blue collar neighbourhoods. The following video shows a desperate tenant setting fire to himself in protest at the evacuation of his building.
The scene takes place at the end of October in the city of Mishan, in the north-eastern province of Heilongjiang. The man who climbs on a rooftop and sets fire to himself is called Cui Dexi. He is protesting against a demolition project in his neighbourhood, Ping An Jia, that would affect 45 homes, including his own. The day Cui Dexi set himself alight real estate developers had come to the planned construction site with a full police escort to negotiate a compensation deal with evicted residents.
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