Liu Guangjia's former home
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China demolition: Man sues after forceful eviction

20 December 2013 Last updated at 03:08 GMT

In a rare legal case, a 75-year-old Shanghai man is suing the Chinese authorities following the demolition of his home.

Few such cases ever reach the courts, despite the many thousands of forceful evictions that take place in China every year.

But Liu Guangjia has been given a hearing and he is demanding $48m in compensation.

John Sudworth reports from Shanghai.