Bringing Down the Nailhouse – Chen Peijin

The recent “Shengzhou nailbuilding,” in which up to 20,000 people protested over the forced eviction of a 90-year-old woman and others in Zhejiang, was clearly not an isolated case, as we know from the abundant coverage of the Chongqing nailhouse saga earlier this year. Now Shanghaiist draws our attention to another case, in :

NailhousebeijingchinahousingprotestAnd now, a similar situation has appeared in the Fengtai district of Beijing. A group of residents who did not agree to conditions offered them by developers for and resettlement are making a last stand in their homes. As you can see from these pictures (the report is in Chinese), deep ‘trenches’, in some places three meters deep, have been dug around the homes, making it nearly impossible for a person to enter or leave without a ladder or professional pole-vaulting skills. The electricity and water have also been cut off. [Full text]

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