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'Last house standing' braces for last stand
Latest Updated by 2007-03-23 09:58:56
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DRAMATIC scenes were witnessed in Chongqing on Wednesday (Mar 21st) afternoon when the couple owning the single house left standing on a mound of earth at a construction site moved into the house, in open defiance of a court order asking them to vacate by Thursday night.

Yang Wu, the house's owner and reportedly a former kung-fu champion, climbed onto the roof of the house Wednesday afternoon and hoisted the national flag atop it, more than two years after the family moved out of the house when construction around them started, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported yesterday.

Yang, who said he had forfeited a match with a Russian kung-fu champion Wednesday in order to protect the house, also hung a banner on one side of the house, which read:"No trespassing on citizen's legal private property."

Watched by a crowd of gaping onlookers, the couple had food, bottled water, simple furniture and coal gas jars sent up to the house, which stands on a 20-meter-high mound of earth.

"We won't move out and we'll protect our legal property as long as we are alive,"Yang's wife Wu Ping told reporters in the front of the house.

A Chongqing court Monday ordered the couple to vacate the premises before midnight Thursday. Wu said they would appeal to the higher court of the municipality.

The 219-square-meter house, located in Jiulongpo District of Chongqing, is estimated to be worth about 2.47 million yuan (US$317,000) and the real estate developer once promised the family 3.5 million yuan in order to entice them to move out sooner.

Wu said they hoped to be compensated with an apartment at the original location, on the same floor and with the same amount of sunlight.

Editor: Wing

By: Source: Szdaily web edition
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