Terence P. Jeffrey
The Washington Times
October 20, 2007
Another recent example of communist China’s “scientific view of development” can be seen in its redevelopment of Beijing for next year’s Olympics. Here, the regime has not dealt gently with the habitat of what it apparently sees as an inferior creature: human beings.
In June, the Center on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) in Geneva published a report on the impact staging an Olympics can have on the homes of humans in host locales. It claims “a total of 1.5 million people [are] being displaced in Beijing due to Olympic-related development.”
These people are not being lovingly removed to cozy human zoos. “Evictions in Beijing often involve the complete demolition of poor people’s houses,” says the report. “In Beijing, and in China more generally, the process of demolition and eviction is characterized by arbitrariness and lack of due process. Courts often refuse to hear cases concerning forced evictions because of pressure on judges and lawyers from local or higher officials. In many cases, tenants are given little or no notice of their eviction and do not receive the promised compensation. This lack of adequate compensation (or any compensation at all) sometimes leaves the evictees at risk of homelessness. The forced evictions are often violent, and abuses committed during the eviction process have multiplied.”