By Michael Evans.
A Zhejiang homeowner who held out against developers for over four years, even as a two-lane road was built around his house, has finally conceded.
Luo Bagen agreed Saturday to accept the government’s offer of 260,000 yuan (US $41,000) in exchange for his house, which Luo says he spent nearly 600,000 yuan ($95,000) to build.
According to the AP:
It was not immediately clear why Luo accepted the compensation in a meeting with officials Friday afternoon when the amount of money offered was the same as a week ago.
Village chief Chen said Luo was tired of all the media attention and voluntarily consented to the deal. “Luo Baogen received dozens of people from the media every day and his house stands in the center of the road. So he decided to demolish the house,” Chen said.
“It was never a final solution for us to live in a lone house in the middle of the road,” Xinhua quoted Luo as saying. “After the government’s explanations, I finally decided to move.”
Luo’s house, which he and his wife had shared with another family, was demolished Saturday.