16 Nov '11, 6am

Chinese woman, 81, set self on fire in protest as officials tried to demolish her home

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese media are reporting that an 81-year-old woman set herself on fire as officials tried to demolish her home. Financial magazine Caijing said on Wednesday that Wang Liushi self-immolated and died on Nov 3 in her family's house in central Henan province. It says local officials said the house had been illegally constructed. Caijing quoted the family's lawyer as saying that the house was built more than 10 years ago. The Southern Metropolis newspaper says Wang's son and daughter-in-law climbed onto their roof and poured gasoline over themselves in a bid to stop the demolition team. They then heard a noise and saw smoke coming out of Wang's room.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STISt...

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