Beijing Olympics Displacing 1.5M

13,000 a month evicted as Beijing prepares for Games
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2007 8:19 AM CST
Beijing Olympics Displacing 1.5M
The Chinese National Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, is seen reflected on a pond as it undergoes construction ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in Beijing, China Tuesday, July 24, 2007. (AP Photo)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Construction projects under way for the Beijing Olympics have led to a massive number of displaced citizens—13,000 people each month, reports the AP. The Switzerland-based Center on Housing Rights and Evictions predicts that by the time the Games open next summer, 1.5 million Chinese will have been forced to move.

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The organization accused Beijing of arbitrary decisions, lack of due process, and insufficient compensation for evictions—charges the Chinese housing authority vociferously denies. Last September thousands of poor people moved into a "petitioner's village" to protest the housing seizures, only to see the village bulldozed to the ground. Beijing insists the number of displaced residents is much lower. (Read more 2008 Beijing Olympics stories.)

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