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Beijing store owner threatens suicide after getting eviction notice

'We can't go on living, we invested all our money in this shop, a lifetime of savings, my grandparents' pension - a total of 1.6 million yuan,' or $243,000, 27-year-old Beijing store owner Wang Shibo told AFP.

Land disputes have become the nation's biggest source of unrest, triggering countless violent protests and a handful of self-immolations as residents take matters in their own hands.

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Twenty-seven-year-old store-owner Wang Shibo, center, is comforted by relatives outside her Beijing shop, in a final and desperate protest against the forced demolition of the store on Jan. 25. Wang and other relatives wear coats soaked in flammable liquid and faced off with police, pledging to self-immolate if Wang is not compensated.

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Wang Shibo sits drenched in petrol outside her Beijing shop, in a final and desperate protest against the forced demolition of the store.

Officials have promised Wang they will take action. But she has pledged to go ahead with self-immolation if the outcome is not satisfactory.

'We will commit suicide before the Lunar New Year (February 3), because we have no money to go home anyway,' she told AFP.