The last houses in “Petitioner village” near the southern railway station in Beijing have been swept away, petitioners say.
Petitioner Zhao Shuling said: “It’s because of the Olympic Games. The area around the southern railway station will become an international railway terminus, which will be huge, with three levels underground. Around the time of the Olympics, a lot of foreigners will come to Beijing, and the petitioner village will spoil the look of the city. That’s why the authorities have demolished it.”
Asked where the petitioners were going to live, Zhao replied, “Of course there’s nowhere for them to go. I hope you will be able to tell people, because I am a petitioner too, and I really understand what these people are going through. Only great hardship, grief and injustice could prompt them to leave their homes and villages to suffer hunger and cold here in Beijing.”
RFA’s Mandarin service spoke to a duty officer at the Xuanwu district police station to try to confirm the petitioners’ reports, but he said he didn’t know what the situation was.
Image: Google Maps. (I am not sure exactly where petitioner village is, but the southern railway station is at the top right of this screenshot. If anyone knows exactly where the area is, please comment.)