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Destruction of wheat field triggers anger over farmland conservation


17:01, March 27, 2012

ZHENGZHOU, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Internet users stormed online to voice their concerns over farmland protection after an anonymous post revealed that a central China property developer illegally bulldozed a wheat field to build a school.

A user with the screenname "Yang Tong" said last week in a post on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging site, that wheat fields belonging to the village of Jingzhuang in Henan Province were shoveled to make way for new school buildings.

However, local villagers were not fairly compensated for the expropriation of the land, according to the post.

The post was subsequently forwarded more than 30,000 times, with many Sina Weibo users expressing outrage over the loss of farmland due to commercial construction.

Villagers from Jingzhuang told reporters that the farmland was expropriated by educational authorities in Shangcai county to build the Shangcai boarding high school.

The school buildings will be constructed by Henan Shengfeng Property Co., Ltd. with a total investment of 200 million yuan (31.7 million U.S. dollars).

Some of the villagers said they never received any notice of the land expropriation or compensation. Others who did receive compensation claimed that they signed the agreements unwillingly or under the coercion of village officials.

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