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RESIDENTS in Wuxi, a city in eastern China's Jiangsu Province, have had nowhere to buy newspapers or magazines since Monday after the authorities demolished most of the city's more than 500 newspaper kiosks.

Officials from the urban management bureau in Wuxi began demolishing the kiosks three days ago, according to Modern Express, even though most of the kiosk owners had bought their kiosks from the bureau or paid the authority tens of thousands of yuan a year in rent.

There was no word of compensation for kiosk owners.

The crackdown was launched in advance of a forum to be held in Wuxi and because of the authority's dislike of small businesses trading illegally on the street, said Hua Jianping, an official with the Wuxi urban management committee.

Chen Bing, a laid-off worker, lost his booth which he rented from Wuxi Post and which earned him about 2,000 yuan (US$293) a month. It was his only income.

Chen used to pay the post office 13,000 yuan a year and had put down 20,000 yuan as a deposit.

Wuxi used to have 1,889 kiosks, of which 1,241 sold newspapers, magazines, ice cream and groceries or offered small repairs to locks and bikes.

Feng Moying ran a locksmith's kiosk at Ronghu Road and earned 2,000 yuan a month.

Her husband is confined to bed because of a stroke and her son is studying in a school in Hubei Province.

Feng is the family breadwinner, but her kiosk was taken away by urban management officials yesterday.

Feng bought the kiosk from the urban management authority in 2002 and spent 4,500 yuan on it.

Zhao Aiying bought a kiosk on Zhongshan Road from the urban management administrative law enforcement unit in Wuxi's Chong'an District for 40,000 yuan. Zhao also paid 40,000 yuan a year.

The Wuxi urban management committee notified kiosk owners that installing kiosk stores on streets or in public areas without licenses was prohibited.

However, most of the owners had business licenses and even kiosk licenses issued by the district authority. But they didn't have a key piece of paper - a license from the city government, said Hua.


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