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Developers build road around holdout home in China

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSLuo Baogen holds his land certificate as he stands next to his house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling city in east China's Zhejiang province Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Luo, the owner of the house, refused to sign an agreement to allow his house to be demolished by the authorities, as the compensation offered to him was not enough, according to local media. (AP Photo)
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    Luo Baogen holds his land certificate as he stands next to his house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling city in east China's Zhejiang province Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Luo, the owner of the house, refused to sign an agreement to allow his house to be demolished by the authorities, as the compensation offered to him was not enough, according to local media. (AP Photo)

BEIJING >> In an eastern Chinese city, a five-story row house with ragged edges rises incongruously from a huge circle in the middle of a new main road, with freshly laid black pavement swerving around it.

This is the home of the duck farmer who said “no.”

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

Dramatic images of Luo’s home have circulated widely online in China this week, becoming the latest symbol of resistance in the frequent, countrywide standoffs between homeowners and local officials accused of offering too little compensation to vacate neighborhoods for major redevelopment projects.

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