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  • China's 'Nail Houses'

    In China, a "nail house" is a home whose owner refuses to leave his or her home for new construction. Contractors must build around them in order to continue the construction. A half-demolished apartment building stands in the middle of a newly-built road thanks to a Chinese couple that refused to move in Wenling, in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Nov. 22, 2012.
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  • China's 'Nail Houses'

    A half-demolished apartment building stands in the middle of a newly built road thanks to a Chinese couple that refused to move in Wenling, in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Nov. 22, 2012. Luo Baogen, 67, and his 65-year-old wife waged a multi-year battle to receive compensation offered by the local government, a Chinese newspaper reported.
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  • China's 'Nail Houses'

    A single building is left standing on a mound of earth after its owner refused an offer of compensation from the land developer, who proceeded to dig around it in western China's Chongqing municipality, March 13, 2007. Chinese lawmakers formally introduced a hotly debated law to protect private property, saying that personal wealth in an increasingly prosperous China requires legal safeguards.
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  • China's 'Nail Houses'

    Nail houses are isolated by man-made ditches on the job site of a reconstruction project in Yangji village, Guangzhou city, in south China's Guangdong province, Feb. 6, 2013.
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  • China's 'Nail Houses'

    A nail house remains on a construction site in Gongqin village, Yichang city, in central China's Hubei province, April 8, 2013. Two nail houses were isolated on a construction site in Yichang. Power and water supplies to the houses were repeatedly cut off in anonymous attacks at night.
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  • China's 'Nail Houses'

    Aerial view of a nail house remaining on a construction site in Gongqin village, Yichang city, in central China's Hubei province, April 8, 2013. Two nail houses were isolated on a construction site in Yichang, a city in central China's Hubei province, famous for the Three Gorges Dam. Over the prior year, power and water supplies to the houses were repeatedly cut off in anonymous attacks at night.
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  • China's 'Nail Houses'

    A nail house is isolated on a construction site in Kunming city, in southwest China's Yunnan province, Oct. 28, 2010. Only the courts have the authority to decide on forced demolitions. However, legal experts say the policy will not curb violent and sometimes deadly evictions on the mainland, as the judicial system is anything but independent.
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    Workers build around a grave mound at a construction site in a village in Taiyuan, in north China's Shanxi province, Dec. 6, 2012. The owner of the grave and the construction consortium are arguing over compensation to be paid. The "nail grave," as it is being referred to by Asian media outlets, is the latest in a series of acts of resistance against land dispossession from Chinese people.
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  • China's 'Nail Houses'

    Several houses remain in Yangii village, Feb. 6, 2013, in downtown Guangzhou, China. The village has a history of more than 900 years and more than 4,000 villagers. The reconstruction project started in 2010 but had been suspended for two years as some owners refused to move because of compensation issues, though 99 percent of the villagers have been relocated after signing agreements with the dev
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  • China's 'Nail Houses'

    A view of where 75-year-old Yao Baohua's house still stands in the rubble of a vast development site in the city of Changzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province, March 13, 2013. The Yao home is the last one standing in the rubble of a vast development site in Changzhou, a Chinese "nail house," the moniker earned for both their physical appearance and their owners' stubborn resistance.
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  • China's 'Nail Houses'

    Yu Zhixu, owner of the nail house, failed in reaching compensation agreement in 2007 with the developer of the second phase of the Dalian Software Park, whose construction started in 2003 in Huangnichuan village, Dalian city, China. The construction resumed in 2009 and soil was stacked quickly around the three-meter-tall house, which looked trapped in the jobsite.
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  • China's 'Nail Houses'

    A nail house is isolated by man-made ditches on the jobsite of a reconstruction project in Yangji village, Guangzhou city, in south China's Guangdong province, Feb. 6, 2013. The village, with a history of more than 900 years, housed over 4,000 villagers. The reconstruction project started in 2010 but had to be suspended for two years as some house owners still refused to move as of 2013.
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