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Farmer fires rockets to keep developers out

A Chinese farmer who fired improvised rockets to defend his home against eviction-minded property developers has had his pluck rewarded with a generous compensation offer, media reported on Friday.

india Updated: Jul 09, 2010 21:58 IST

A Chinese farmer who fired improvised rockets to defend his home against eviction-minded property developers has had his pluck rewarded with a generous compensation offer, media reported on Friday.

Yang Youde, 56, twice fired the rockets to repel demolition teams who have sought since February to oust him from his land in Hubei, the China Daily said.

The dispute escalated on June 29 when Yang’s older brother — who defended Yang’s home on the outskirts of provincial capital Wuhan as he held out for more compensation — was attacked.

However, authorities have since agreed to offer Yang compensation of up to 750,000 yuan ($110,000), the newspaper said, far higher than what the developers were offering.

It quoted Yang saying on Thursday that he had dismantled an eight-metre (25-foot) tower he had used to store his rockets, and would move away.

Yang had leased the land from the local government and had a right to use it until 2029.

Land seizures, often involving corrupt officials and businesses eyeing real estate profits, have been a growing source of unrest in China.

The problem has stirred an uproar beginning last year as a property boom and resulting rash of mass evictions caused a number of protests, incidences of violent resistance, and even suicides by stubborn homeowners.