Netizen Voices: Hounded Out of House and Home

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.
白盆窑2012 :本人在99年入党,十多年的老党员了,一直以来遵纪守法,用户我们的祖国我们的党,在昨天却遭人拆掉房屋,被打成颅内出血,一个党员的控诉,寻求社会的支持,公众厉害得关注
Baipenyao2012: Our home was demolished, and still no one speaks out. Is this not the land of the Communist Party?
白盆窑2012 :目前,我们被强拆,还是没有人出来说话,还是共产党的天下吗
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.
文革纪念馆:这属于你们的内政,我们外人不好干预。
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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One Response to Netizen Voices: Hounded Out of House and Home

  1. TaoLee says:

    If the agrieved people who made these comments had access to the history of the Communist Party worldwide they would know that this behavior is typical of every other nation’s experience with communism. That is why communism keeps its people locked up and in the dark. But Cuba and the Soviets got wise and communism is dead or dying everywhere. The new danger is Islam, which is actually worse. Always it is our ignorance which traps and defeats us. Truth is the enemy of evil.