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Motorway built around home in China

Report & Video by Sophie Foster

A couple from China are refusing to leave their half-demolished house, which has since had a motorway built around it.

Luo Baogen and his wife are the lone holdouts from a neighbourhood of once-connected homes that was demolished to make way for a road to the newly built railway station on the outskirts of the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province.

Images of Luo's home have circulated widely online, becoming the latest symbol of resistance in the frequent, countrywide standoffs between homeowners and local officials accused of offering too little compensation to vacate neighbourhoods for major redevelopment projects.

Luo had only just completed his five-story house at a cost of about 600,000 yuan when the government approached him with their standard offer of 220,000 to move out - which he refused.

The 67-year-old duck farmer said: "I just want them to build another house for me. They can build a house of the same size somewhere else and get it decorated as my house. This is all that I want."

The homes that resist demolition have come to be known as "nail houses" - those who defiantly remain standing, refusing to be hammered down.

Luo has told reporters he and his wife have resorted to sleeping in separate parts of the home to deter any further demolition.


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