Farmer spends 16 years studying law by himself so he could sue a powerful chemical firm for ‘polluting his land’ – and he wins the first round

Property rights are a key part of the foundation of a civilized society. Maybe China is making some progress on this front. Good for this guy.

And environmentalists – consider how defending property rights, instead of throwing in with the government (which is always connected to large interests) might further your cause – legitimately and without coercive force from the state.

(From The Daily Mail)

A Chinese farmer has spent 16 years studying law by himself so he could sue a chemical company for allegedly polluting his land.

Wang Enlin, who had just three years of education, has won the first instance in a high-profile case against state-owned Qihua Group, reported the People’s Daily Online.

Although Qihua Group, whose assets exceed two billion yuan (£233 million), has appealed against the decision, the elderly man said he is determined to seek justice for himself and his neighbours who could no longer grow healthy crops on their contaminated land.

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