Taken from a local newspaper

In the Chinese capital Beijing 1.25 million people lost their homes to make way for the 2008 Olympics, to be held in August. Until that moment, another 250.000 will have to relocate. This is stated in a report of the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) in Genève.

Spokesman Jean du Plessis calls the forces relocations “unacceptable”. According to the report the Chinese government invests over 35 billion US dollars in infrastructure and tourist facilities for the Olympics.

Victims are in general vulnerable groups that are barely compensated. The Chinese foreign affairs ministery called the numbers a gross exagerration.

Don’t we love sports and prestige.

Disclaimer: my translation.