The city of Huai’an, Jiangsu Province, is facing a lawsuit after demolishing the childhood study of former premier Zhou Enlai, one of China’s most eminent statesman and historical figures.
The building, along with several others dating from the late Qing and Republican periods, was knocked down to create a mock-historical shopping district dedicated to local son Zhou, who served as Chairman Mao’s right-hand man until his death in 1975. This comes in spite of a 2009 ruling declaring the area a protected monument.
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Huai’an Intermediary People’s Court this week agreed to hear the case brought against the People’s Government of Qinghe District and other local authorities by NGO China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation.
The Huai’an case is the second successfully lodged by the group against local governments over the destruction of built heritage. The first, filed in Zhengzhou, Henan over the destruction of sites in historic Magu Village, was declared an “icebreaking case” by the head of the provincial court system. A ruling has not yet been delivered.
By Ryan Kilpatrick