Protest in Beijing over evictions

Officials stop gathering of protesters angry at being forced out from their homes.

    Protesters were angry at being evicted to make way for a new commercial district

    The Qianmen area is in the process of being redeveloped from a rundown neighbourhood of traditional homes, known as hutongs, into a new commercial and shopping district.
     
    Al Jazeera correspondent Dan Nolan, who was at the scene, said several dozen residents were trying to speak to the media, but were shouted down by others who were either local government officials or plainclothes police officers.
     
    At least four were taken away after they tried to vent their complaints to Al Jazeera’s crew, he said.
     
    Some 20,000 journalists are descending on Beijing to cover the Olympic games, presenting a huge challenge to the Chinese authorities who are more used to keeping a tight rein on the media.
     
    The Olympics, which opens officially on Friday, is seen as a showcase event by the Chinese government which is eager to see the games show the best possible image to the rest of the world.
     
    Hundreds of thousands of security personnel and volunteer "citizen police" have been deployed across Beijing to watch for signs of unrest.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How being rejected by my father a second time helped me heal

    How being rejected by my father a second time helped me heal

    He told me horror stories about my biological mother, told me he wanted to do better and then stopped speaking to me.

    'It ruined my life': School closures in Kenya lead to rise in FGM

    'It ruined my life': School closures in Kenya lead to rise in FGM

    With classrooms closed to curb coronavirus, girls are more at risk of FGM, teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

    'It takes a village to kill a child': Uganda's hidden children

    'It takes a village to kill a child': Uganda's hidden children

    Faced with stigma and abuse, many children with disabilities are hidden indoors, with few options for specialised care.