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dArKeR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 01:11 AM
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Chinese Fight A New Kind Of Land War
Weng Biao was preparing to buy a lunch of steamed fish and pickled vegetables for his wife when officials from the government Office of Demolition showed up at his family's two-room shack in a small field slated to become a shopping mall and ordered him to come with them.

A 39-year-old part-time laborer with a bad leg, Weng limped to the office 200 yards away. Minutes later, several other officials barged into Weng's house, took a jerrycan of gasoline and forced his wife, 11-year-old son and 74-year-old father outside. A bulldozer arrived and knocked down the house even though local residents had been given until Aug. 30 to leave the area, witnesses and Chinese reporters said.

At the Office of Demolition, officials say that Weng, despite his handicap, overpowered six men in the office, poured the can of fuel on himself and sparked a fire, killing himself and burning the six men. But Weng's neighbors and family members say they suspect that demolition officials sprinkled his body with fuel to persuade him to stop demanding more compensation for his condemned house. Somehow the fuel ignited.
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  - fascism at its finest...  fabius   Sep-14-03 01:25 AM   #1 
fabius Donating Member (759 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 01:25 AM
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1. fascism at its finest...
For a freakin' shopping mall for God's sake.
we should cut off trade relations with China immediately if not sooner.
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