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没有强拆就没有新中国 (méiyǒu qiáng chāi jiù méiyǒu xīn Zhōng guó): Without forced demolitions there can be no new China.
 
没有强拆就没有新中国 (méiyǒu qiáng chāi jiù méiyǒu xīn Zhōng guó): Without forced demolitions there can be no new China.
  
[[demolish it | Forced demolitions]] in China are one of the major causes of social instability and anger at the government. These incidents [[bloody demolition | often lead to violence]] when demolition crews or hired thugs clash with local residents.
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[[demolish it | Forced demolitions]] in China are one of the major causes of social instability and anger at the government. These incidents [[bloody demolition | can lead to violence]], as demolition crews and hired thugs often clash with local residents.
  
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yihuang_self-immolation_incident One such incident] occurred in Yihuang County in Jiangxi.  To protest the forced demolition of their home, Ye Zhongcheng and two members of his family ignited themselves with gasoline.   
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yihuang_self-immolation_incident One such incident] occurred in Yihuang County in Jiangxi.  To protest the forced demolition of their home, Ye Zhongcheng and two members of his family ignited themselves with gasoline.   
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A government official commenting on the incident wrote:
 
A government official commenting on the incident wrote:
  
<blockquote> From a certain perspective, without forced demolitions then China will not be urbanized. If there is no urbanization then there will be no "brand-new China."  Isn’t it then because of this that one could say that without forced demolitions there can be no "new China?" </blockquote>
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<blockquote> From a certain perspective, without forced demolitions China won't be urbanized. If there is no urbanization then there will be no brand-new China."  Because of this, couldn't one say that without forced demolitions there can be no "new China?" </blockquote>
  
 
<blockquote> 从某种程度上说,没有强拆就没有中国的城市化,没有城市化就没有一个个‘崭新的中国’,是不是因此可以说没有强拆就没有‘新中国’? </blockquote>     
 
<blockquote> 从某种程度上说,没有强拆就没有中国的城市化,没有城市化就没有一个个‘崭新的中国’,是不是因此可以说没有强拆就没有‘新中国’? </blockquote>     
  
The official’s statement set off a firestorm of criticism, within a day receiving on the website where it was posted more than 6,000 comments.
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The official’s statement set off a firestorm of criticism, receiving more than 6,000 comments within a day of its posting.
  
 
The official’s complete statement and commentary on the self-immolation incident are available [http://news.qq.com/a/20101012/001801.htm here] (Chinese) and [http://www.china.org.cn/opinion/2010-10/18/content_21146540.htm here] (English).
 
The official’s complete statement and commentary on the self-immolation incident are available [http://news.qq.com/a/20101012/001801.htm here] (Chinese) and [http://www.china.org.cn/opinion/2010-10/18/content_21146540.htm here] (English).

Revision as of 21:57, 28 September 2013

没有强拆就没有新中国 (méiyǒu qiáng chāi jiù méiyǒu xīn Zhōng guó): Without forced demolitions there can be no new China.

Forced demolitions in China are one of the major causes of social instability and anger at the government. These incidents can lead to violence, as demolition crews and hired thugs often clash with local residents.

One such incident occurred in Yihuang County in Jiangxi. To protest the forced demolition of their home, Ye Zhongcheng and two members of his family ignited themselves with gasoline.

A government official commenting on the incident wrote:

From a certain perspective, without forced demolitions China won't be urbanized. If there is no urbanization then there will be no brand-new China." Because of this, couldn't one say that without forced demolitions there can be no "new China?"

从某种程度上说,没有强拆就没有中国的城市化,没有城市化就没有一个个‘崭新的中国’,是不是因此可以说没有强拆就没有‘新中国’?

The official’s statement set off a firestorm of criticism, receiving more than 6,000 comments within a day of its posting.

The official’s complete statement and commentary on the self-immolation incident are available here (Chinese) and here (English).

Similar incidents have occurred elsewhere. According to the Shanghai Daily:

On November 13, 2009, a 47-year-old woman, Tang Fuzhen, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, set herself on fire to protest the forced demolition of her house. She died in hospital 16 days later.

This March, a 92-year-old man and his 69-year-old son from Jiangsu Province torched themselves for the same reason. The son died.

In Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, 57-year-old Li Bingfeng is still waiting in her building - with eight bottles of gasoline. On the building there were banners with a statement by Premier Wen Jiabao: “All the things we do are aimed at letting people live more happily and with more dignity."

For more on this incident see here.

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For more horrific pictures of the incident see here.