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Bloody Map tracks violent evictions in China

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John Kennedy at Global Voices writes about Bloody Map, which uses Google Maps to record forced evictions in China and educate potential homebuyers.

Although the map, which anyone can edit, is not always accurate, it draws attention to cases like that of the Zhong family in Yihuang County, Jiangxi Province. On September 10 this year, three family members set themselves on fire to protest against the forced demolition of their home to clear the way for new construction. They were all hospitalized and one family member died on September 18.

As the Bloody Map creator said last month on a Sina microblog account, “When I say that new housing is being built right now on land covered in blood, people know what I mean” (translation by Global Voices).

China: Mapping violent evictions for homebuyer awareness [Global Voices]


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November 5, 2010 at 9:58 pm