Backlash as Beijing fire safety blitz forces exodus of city's underclass


  • World
  • Tuesday, 28 Nov 2017

A couple leave with their belongings after they were required to move out due to a citywide fire safety inspection prompted by a deadly fire in an apartment block, at Xinjiancun in Daxing district, in Beijing, China November 25, 2017. Picture taken November 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee

BEIJING (Reuters) - In Xinjiancun, a ramshackle village of migrant workers on the far southern fringe of Beijing, demolition machinery tears into buildings as residents drag out the last of their belongings under the gaze of police and security staff.

A citywide fire safety blitz prompted by a deadly blaze this month is forcing thousands of migrant workers out of their homes and businesses, igniting unusually direct criticism of city government measures seen by some people as unfairly targeting the vulnerable underclass.

Subscribe now for a chance to win your dream holiday!

Monthly Plan

RM13.90/month

Annual Plan

RM12.33/month

Billed as RM148.00/year

1 month

Free Trial

For new subscribers only


Cancel anytime. No ads. Auto-renewal. Unlimited access to the web and app. Personalised features. Members rewards.
Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In World

Decades after division Cypriots still hope for unity
India's Modi to focus on jobs, incomes in first budget after election setback
Kenya police ban protests in central Nairobi, blame criminal infiltration
‘One screen, two movies’: Conflicting conspiracy theories emerge from Trump shooting
Russian trial of detained US reporter Gershkovich due to resume
MH17: 80-year-old grandpa and a backpack with MAS flight number tag
In landmark ruling, South Korea's top court confirms state benefits for gay couples
Amazon Prime Day is a major cause of injuries for warehouse workers, US Senate review says
Bangladesh suspends mobile internet, police fire tear gas at protesters
‘Oven on wheels’: US Amazon drivers roast before ‘Prime Day’ rush

Others Also Read