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Lone Chinese home destroyed; farmer accepts deal

Authorities have demolished a five-story home that stood incongruously in the middle of a new main road and had become the latest symbol of resistance by Chinese homeowners against officials accused of offering unfair compensation.

world Updated: Dec 01, 2012 17:28 IST
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Authorities have demolished a five-story home that stood incongruously in the middle of a new main road and had become the latest symbol of resistance by Chinese homeowners against officials accused of offering unfair compensation.

Xiayangzhang village chief Chen Xuecai said the house was bulldozed today after its owners, duck farmer Luo Baogen and his wife, agreed to accept compensation of 260,000 yuan ($ 41,000).


Chen says Luo voluntarily consented to the deal.


Passersby watch as a house in the middle of a new road is torn down on the outskirts of Wenling city, China. (AP Photo)

The couple were the lone holdouts from a neighbourhood that was demolished to make way for the main thoroughfare heading to a newly built railway station on the outskirts of the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province.

The razing comes a week after images of the house circulated widely online in China.


A house in the middle of a new road is torn down on the outskirts of Wenling city, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Authorities have demolished the five-story home that stood incongruously in the middle of the new main road and had become the latest symbol of resistance by Chinese homeowners against officials accused of offering unfair compensation. (AP Photo)