Forced eviction plagues Chinese homeowners, as local governments make land grabs to get rich quick. The popular takeover of Wukan, Guangdong last winter, and rioting in Zuotan this week, have their root in forced eviction and demolition. Land grabs threaten social upheaval, writes journalist Xiong Peiyun.
Weibo user Baipenyao2012, identifying himself as a Communist Party member, denounced the forced demolition of his home on June 9. According to Baipenyao2012, three families in Beijing’s Baipenyao neighborhood had their homes demolished, and in the struggle with the authorities one resident suffered brain hemorrhaging.
Baipenyao2012: I joined the Party in ’99. I’ve been a senior Party member for over ten years now. I have always obeyed the law, protected our motherland and championed our Party. Yesterday, my house was forcibly demolished, and I was beaten until my skull hemorrhaged. As a Party member, I now seek the support and attention of society at large.
Baipenyao2012: Our home was demolished, and still no one speaks out. Is this not the land of the Communist Party?
Netizens did not react to this man’s post with the sympathy usually afforded victims of forced demolitions. Because of his Party status, many answered responded with scorn. Still, a portion of netizens was somewhat sympathetic, saying no victim of forced demolition should be ridiculed.
Below are a selection of comments on Baipenyao2012’s posts. Read more at CDT Chinese. Translated by Little Bluegill.
CulturalRevolutionMemorial: This is an internal issue1 for you. It’s not something for us outsiders to get involved in.
JobsYi: This is a most unharmonious note to sound right before the 18th Plenary Session of the People’s Congress. I suspect you aren’t actually a Party member. If this unfolded as you say, you must treat it rationally and examine yourself for its
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