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57 officials punished for flouting demolition rules

(Shanghai Daily)

08:46, September 26, 2011

The Chinese government has punished a total of 57 officials for 11 forced demolitions that resulted in deaths of residents.

All the cases occurred after a new regulation took effect which ruled that local governments are forbidden to forcibly dismantle residential houses before a people's court rules it can, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Supervision and other three government authorities yesterday.

Among the 11 forced demolition cases, six were illegally conducted, while the other five were conducted in accordance with regulations but used "violent means," Xinhua news agency reported, ciging the statement said.

In northeast China, 19 officials were sacked or detained over two forced demolition cases, including one in which a woman died.

One case occurred in Changchun, capital city of Jilin Province.

On March 26, shortly before midnight, hundreds of workers and 18 excavators arrived at a residential area and demolished 14 buildings.

The workers had been employed by a local real estate company which was a government contractor.

Some residents were violently removed. A 48-year-old woman, Liu Shuxiang, however, was buried in the ruins of a building.

Liu's family reported her missing at about 2am and her body was discovered 12 hours later.

Liu and more than 180 of her neighbors in the run-down area had refused to agree to a compensation deal.

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