Migrant rights advocate evicted

By Liu Sheng Source:Global Times Published: 2012-12-12 1:05:05

The family of 15-year-old girl Zhan Haite, who have been calling for equal education opportunities for the children of migrant workers, said Tuesday their landlord asked them to move out in two months.

Zhan Haite, like the children of migrant workers in major cities across China, is barred from taking the senior high school entrance examination in the city where she lives.

Zhan's father, Zhan Quanxi, has been detained since Sunday for disrupting public services after protesting with a dozen people near the municipal government's compound.

Local police said he scratched a police officer.

"I signed a two-year lease, but we were asked to move out within two months after [the landlord] received those phone calls," said Liu Xinhua, Zhan Haite's mother.

She said the landlord, who received calls from the police and the community subdistrict committee, did not give her any details.

Local police declined to comment as of late Tuesday.

"We also got a phone call from the telecommunications service provider Tuesday, saying that our Internet service would be cut off in hours without further explanation," Liu said.

She requested that the Global Times not interview the landlord for fear of making her situation worse. The telecommunications provider said it had no information on the case.

The family moved to Shanghai from Jiangxi Province in 2002, and the girl has been studying in the city from kindergarten to junior high school.

However, as a resident without a Shanghai hukou, or household registration permit, she faces a decision common to children of migrant workers in top cities across China - return to her parent's hometown for senior high school or forfeit the chance of attending university.

The girl began to seek help on Sina Weibo by calling for the right to attend a senior high school a couple of weeks ago, before the family and other migrant worker families took to the streets on Sunday.

The protest has been met with opposition by local residents, some of whom even sent a pennant to local police to praise their firm determination in dealing with migrant parents.

"Shanghai is not your hometown; you have to comply with the regulations here since you want to live in the city. Your demands for fair opportunity is actually asking Shanghai to lower its standards," a Weibo user said.

The contentious household registration system is designed to prevent migrants from overwhelming the social services.

The girl told the Global Times Tuesday that there was still no news from her father.


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