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Chinese Farmers Stage Protest Near Olympic Venue


Hundreds of Chinese farmers have staged protests near a planned Olympic stadium in Beijing in recent days, saying the government took their private land without paying compensation.

This week, protest signs reading "support the Olympics, resettle the farmers who have lost their land!" hung near a planned stadium and watersports complex for the 2008 Beijing Games.

A protest spokesman told VOA that demonstrations will continue in the village northwest of Beijing until farmers get a satisfactory answer from officials regarding what he called "an unfair appropriation of land."

Similar protests have been reported elsewhere in the capital city, with residents complaining of being forcibly evicted from their homes.

Beijing Olympic organizers have announced plans to spend $2 billion on some 14 sports venues for the Games.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.

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