The Chinese "Miracle" continues on the backs of the poor, displaced, and hopeless:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20121011/as-china-f...The human rights group said that local authorities seize and then sell off land in suspect deals with property developers, relying on land sales to help pay off huge debts incurred to finance stimulus projects.Developers are known to often hire thugs to threaten residents, sometimes with violence.Of 40 forced evictions that Amnesty said it examined in detail, nine culminated in the deaths of people protesting or resisting eviction. In one case, a 70-year-old woman was buried alive by an excavator as she tried to stop workers demolishing her house in Wuhan city in central Hubei province, the report said. In another, police in Wenchang in southern Sichuan province were reported to have taken custody of a baby and refused to return him until his mother signed an eviction order.Some people who resist forced evictions end up in prison or in labor camps. Amnesty said a woman in Hexia township in southeastern Jiangxi province who petitioned authorities about her eviction was beaten and forced to undergo sterilization.Some despairing residents have set themselves on fire. Amnesty said it documented 41 cases of self-immolations that occurred between January 2009 and January 2012.
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