Retired soldier seeks payback after home is demolished

08:52, January 12, 2011      

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A retired soldier in Binhai, Jiangsu Province, is so angry his home was torn down, he wants to auction off an excavator, which the demolition crew left behind after they fled the scene Saturday to avoid police.

Liu Taixiang, 82, a retired soldier who fought with one of the main Party units during the Anti-Japanese War (1937-45), said he is planning to sell the excavator to recoup his losses from the demolition although he has no legal right to do so.

Liu Jianping, the man's daughter, told the Global Times a crew of four workers jostled with her Saturday as she attempted to stop them from tearing down the house.

The house was torn down, but the demolition team left the excavator at the scene and fled after police and Liu's relatives arrived at the scene.

The Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Evening News reported Tuesday that an antique painting, ancient porcelain and the soldier's military medals were removed.

The report said the items were collectively worth about 100,000 yuan ($15,100).

Liu Taixiang's nephew surnamed Mao told the paper that they also want to sell the machine in order to force the demolisher to appear.

Chen Tao, a lawyer specializing in criminal law with the Beijing Lawyers Association, told the Global Times that Liu should not sell the machine since he does not own it.

He said Liu should talk with his local government.
A spokesman of Binhai county government said Monday that Liu did not own the demolished home.

Liu's daughter acknowledged that the demolished home is under her name and explained that her parents were living in it.

The Binhai government said Liu's home belonged to a local agricultural company dormitory, which was bought by a real estate company in October 2008.

It said Liu's family received about 40,000 yuan ($6,040) in housing subsidy from the local government, but that the two parties had not reached an agreement on the compensation regarding the demolition.
Calls to the county government, the public security bureau and the construction bureau Tuesday were not successful.

By Ge Lili, Global Times
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