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Chinese residents fight for their rights

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Published on Oct 11, 2012

The political scandal that triggered the downfall of one of China's top politicians, Bo Xilai, has dominated the headlines in recent weeks.

Yet as the country prepares for a change in leadership, there is another tale of abuse of power that continues unabated -- the forced eviction of people from their homes and farmland.

Deaths, beatings, harassment and imprisonment continue as people are forced from their homes across the country.

Whilst not a new phenomenon, the pace of forced evictions in China has accelerated in the past two years and remains one of the greatest causes of popular discontent - as highlighted in Amnesty International's latest study.

Nearly half of all rural residents have had land forcibly taken from them, with the number of cases on the rise, according to a 2011 study by the Landesa Rural Development Institute.

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