CITY PROBES AIDS THREAT CLAIMS

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA -

Au­thor­i­ties in Nanyang, He­nan prov­ince, are in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports that work­ers tasked with de­mol­ish­ing homes for a new de­vel­op­ment are threat­en­ing to in­fect res­i­dents with HIV if they don’tmove out, Xin­hua News Agency re­ported onWed­nes­day.

Forced de­mo­li­tions have been blamed for­many pre­vi­ous mass dis­tur­bances around the coun­try, with lo­cal gov­ern­ments and de­vel­op­ers some­times ac­cused of forcibly car­ry­ing out de­mo­li­tion or­ders and of not pay­ing proper com­pen­sa­tion.

Pic­tures of the “AIDS de­mo­li­tion team” have re­cently sur­faced on so­cial me­dia, with res­i­dents claim­ing to have been ha­rassed sinceDe­cem­ber to move out of their homes, which are slated for de­mo­li­tion and de­vel­op­ment.

The gov­ern­ment of Nanyang con­firmed the team’s ex­is­tence, but said that they­were not hired by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, Xin­hua said.

“An of­fi­cial with the Nanyang gov­ern­ment said a company in charge of the com­mu­nity’s de­mo­li­tion has been closed and is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated,” the re­port added.

“It is not yet known­whether the team­re­ally in­cluded AIDS pa­tients or just used the dis­ease as a threat.”

CHEN JIE / FOR CHINA DAILY

Eight-year-old Kun Kun, an HIV pa­tient, plays with a dog in Xiyun, Sichuan prov­ince, on Fri­day.

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