On Demolition and Relocation – Mao Zedong (November 15, 1956)

In spite of the government media blackout, the “nailhouse” story continues online. Some bloggers such as QianTuWuLiang are posting following quotes from Mao in cyberspace. The translation is on the Reading China blog:

Mao is always quoted for critique of Chinese government.A few years ago, there was an airport to be built in a place of Henan province. No resettlement was granted to the peasants and the government did not negotiate with and explained clearly to them. But it attempted to evict the people forcefully. As the peasants of that village said, if you used a stick to topple down the bird nest to the earth, the birds would voice out. You Deng Xiaoping also has a “nest” (home). If I destroyed your “nest”, would you voice out? The people of that place set up three defense lines. The first one was children. The second one was women. The third one was male and young people. Those sent to there to survey was forced away. The peasants won the battle. Later on, the government explained to the peasants clearly and made arrangements for them. They moved their homes and the airport was built finally.There are many incidents like this. Now there are some cadres who seem to rule the country and are no longer scared of anything. They believe that they could bully everyone and everywhere they want. The people oppose them by throwing stones to them and beating them with hoe. The cadres deserve it. I welcome it. Sometimes, only fighting could solve the problem. The Communist Party should learn its lesson. [Full Text]

Also read more about this on China in Transition blog by Josie Liu:

After the official ban on news coverage of the holdout in Chongqing was issued on Saturday, a news broken by a Chinese blog, the special section about the incident on sina.com.cn is no longer there.

However, a couple of websites covering the holdout is still accessible on people.com.cn, one of the major state-run gateway websites, which is supposed to follow official publicity guidelines. [Full Text]


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