Relocated Residents Pressure Nail House Holdouts to Move

Relocated people are gathering with banners and slogans.

From QQ:

Guangzhou “Nail Households” Besieged & Pressured by Relocated Residents

December 16 morning, the demolition site in Guangzhou Yangji Village wasn’t as quiet as usual, when over a hundred already relocated Yangji villagers gathered in the village, bringing out banners, demanding that the remaining 8 households who have chosen to stay behind and guard their homes relocate as soon as possible. These residents had a confrontation with the stay-behind households for a time, with verbal arguments, and it wasn’t until noon that they were persuaded to disperse. As it is understood, this is already the third time the relocated residents have gathering in Yangji Village asking the remaining households to relocate.

Relocated villagers are having a conversation with a stay-behind villager.

This picture is of the relocated villagers having a conversation with a stay-behind villager.

A stay-behind villager is walking back to his house after an argument.

This picture is of a stay-behind villager talking on the phone while walking back to his house after an argument.

Relocated villagers are gathering before the remaining house.

This picture is of the relocated villagers gathering before an as-yet undemolished house.

Relocated villagers are having a conversation with a stay-behind villager.

This picture is of the relocated villagers having a conversation with a stay-behind villager.

Comments from QQ:

腾讯广州市网友 L-wind:

These besieging villagers must have profited somehow from the demolition, a bunch of accomplices!
Whether others move or not is what fucking business of yours? I despise this bunch of inhuman people!!!

腾讯新乡市网友 快乐:

Neither the government nor the party behind the demolition have the right, and these villagers have even less right to do this. You are all so selfish, now that your own interests have been satisfied, and you’ve gained. No matter where the demolition and relocation occurs, there are always villagers’ homes that are good and bad. When the good ones aren’t able to get a reasonable amount of compensation, they’ll of course disagree [to the demolition and relocation]. Those with not so good houses will have gotten a bargain, so they only think of their own interests, and don’t consider other people’s feelings.

腾讯长沙市网友 YOUNG:

This move is really ruthless… Being running dogs and whatnot is truly a characteristic of our countrymen.

腾讯苏州市网友 开心农场主:

If my family spent 140,000 yuan purchasing a 80sqm home ten years ago, and it was evaluated to be worth less than 50,000 yuan when it comes time to demolition and relocation, I too would be a nail household.

腾讯上海市网友 永恒的海燕:

People can’t take money into the grave, but money can take people into the grave.

腾讯烟台市网友 逸云:

This is good. If it really is them wanting more money and thus damaging everyone else’s interests, then they should be despised. We can’t blindly think the nail households are always right!!

腾讯网友 文刀午马:

I don’t understand, why people who are supposed to be a united front now turned against each other? Could it be that the developers are behind this scheme?

腾讯苏州市网友 老革命:

Sigh, this method is diabolical, pitting groups against groups.

腾讯网友 ANDY:

Are the developers or the government using some method to force the already relocated people to do this? Did they say to the relocated people that if the relocation is not complete, they won’t give compensation, that they’ll be compensated only when the relocation is complete? Requesting an explanation!

腾讯泉州市网友 资本家:

Beat these running dogs to death!!!

Comments from NetEase:

翟123 [网易福建省福州市网友]:

This is the government’s new trick, this trick is mean.

加油20122013 [网易江苏省南京市网友]:

Chinese people live like maggots, like pigs. As long as they themselves can eat, they don’t give a damn even if their companions are getting slaughtered right next to them, only snorting a bit. They’ll only squeal when they themselves are about to get killed! (I forgot who said this.)

河南人东北人狗屎不如 [网易河北省廊坊市网友]: (responding to above)

Our best etiquette is in Japan, our best festivals are in Korea, our most beautiful written language is in Hong Kong, our best culture is in Taiwan, our most intelligent elites are in America, our richest people are in Canada, our most conscientious people are among the people, our most shameless people are in power, and our most promising future are crowded on school buses, drinking Sanlu. And our country’s most dangerous enemy happens to be our own ignorance.

最大的黑社会 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

The kneeling slaves are pressing those who are standing.

猪王麻教授 [网易浙江省宁波市网友]:

Using their people against them, a time-tested strategy.

芙小小2世 [网易四川省成都市网友]:

Catching corrupted officials, is a shame for countries that don’t walk the right path, and is an achievement for those countries that do follow the right path. Bad people massacring children, is treated as a funeral for countries that don’t walk the right path, and is a happy occasion for those countries that do follow the right path. In the face of the people’s grievances, countries that don’t follow the right path think it’s the country’s fault, while countries that do follow the right path think it’s the fault of the wrongdoer. Only a system that keeps power in a cage will bend over to consider the people, where its government officials will become servants for the people, and not stand over the people preying upon them. It is better to hope for a better system than to hope for good officials, and in order to get a better system, we need even more fierce calls for it.

光光的命 [网易上海市网友]:

The ZF must’ve told them that since there are still nail houses that haven’t been demolished, those whose houses have already been demolished can’t get their compensation… The problem is those stupid cunt lowly people don’t get it. Whether there are still houses left undemolished or not, those whose are demolished should first be compensated… So if these stupid cunts were smart, they should go surround the ZF demanding their money.

网易广东省网友 ip:119.146.*.*: (responding to above)

Perhaps some of these people who besieged [the nail households] have been bought off by the government, and they’re intentionally instigating…

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  • namename

    sofa? OMG

  • Emperor of Japan

    Our best etiquette is in Japan, our best festivals are in Korea,
    our most beautiful written language is in Hong Kong, our best culture is
    in Taiwan, our most intelligent elites are in America, our richest
    people are in Canada, our most conscientious people are among the
    people, our most shameless people are in power, and our most promising
    future are crowded on school buses, drinking Sanlu. And our country’s most dangerous enemy happens to be our own ignorance.

    • quake

      at least our army and nuclear weapons are still in CHina. unlike america’s which are in Okinawa and germany

    • lonetrey / Dan

      I felt that was the part that stood out to me the most too! It was very nicely worded

    • La Mano Gaucha

      Excellent post, OP.

    • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

      If there is no hope then all is lost.

      For some people in the land of materialism, the only thing they own is hope.

  • Alexander

    one free pig and flat screen tv to each resident who moves out, limited time promotion valid until December 31st at 11:59pm.

    • Gay Azn Boi

      Sounds like a good offer to me.

    • x1sfg

      How about three chickens instead of a pig for our health conscious villagers?

  • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

    The picture caption states that the nail house resident and the relocated residents are having some kind of conversation, but it’s more likely that the latter are just chanting over and over:

    “One of us. One of us.”

    • mr.wiener

      The conversation was more like the protagenist from “night of the living dead” being surrounded by flesh eating zombies.

      • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

        You mean the black guy.

        • mr.wiener

          Yep, so zombie movies, not “freaks”.

          • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

            Your metaphor is more apt if only the mob were to wear brand logos, brandish appliances and moan “Money!” instead of “Brains!”

          • mr.wiener

            My wife slipped and fell on the street last week and did a face-plant. The lense from her glasses cut a huge gash under her right eye, fortunately none of the broken glass made it’s way into her eye ,but it was completely red. For Christmas she got the stitches out. Whenever she put the patch on i’d say “ARRR!” [like a pirate] and taught all her family to do the same. When ever she’s at home without the patch I’d say “Braains!”

            I think she’s planning on bludgeoning me while I sleep.

          • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

            I’m glad to hear your wife is okay and on the mend.

            You should cheer her up by bringing up the eyepatch icons of the silver screen: Darryl Hannah from Kill Bill (Ellie Driver?), Michelle Rodriguez from Machete, and Japanese films.

          • linette lee

            You are lucky your wife don’t make you walk the plank in your underwear.

          • Elijah

            Thank God I’m not the only on who’ll make fun of his wife. Though she’s not going to do anything until she gets a halfblood… After that, all bets are off and I’m arming myself at night before bed…

  • peye

    And the one Stay Behind has the forms and rebar ready for the next concrete pour. All of course against any engineering and safety rules. If people like that are permitted to impose their way of life on the rest of society, China might as well shut the door and say ‘Game over’.

  • Super Bunny

    i dislike most chinese houses, they like to build house like a square, narrow and high like a box…
    people in my towndown do not build house like that,almost all are oblong…and most are two and half floors…also outside is very pretty…

    • ScottLoar

      I own a house in a nice development in Malaysia with tasteful home architecture, rather spacious lots surrounded by a wall, and almost all the residents are Chinese. There is a reserve of very large lots available where some can build villas to their own specifications. Yes, you guessed right: the large lots are built up almost to the edge of the property, surrounded by walls, fully occupied by square, narrow, high, box constructions that resemble corporate office buildings.

      And the worst? Many take the existing tasteful home architecture and tack on additions to make it into a square, narrow, high, box construction, building right up to the property line with no garden, sometimes leaving a narrow strip of pavement at most.

  • A Lu

    The conditions offered for the relocation must be really shitty if they don’t want to leave those crappy houses

  • The Doomed Society

    As a Tsinghua University professor said,
    since counterfeiters and adulterers are also victims of other unsafe
    food, “this is a society where everybody intoxicates everybody.” Mr. Wu
    Heng echoed by warning that Chinese are “exchanging feces to eat.”
    A neo-Hobbesian world of everyone against everyone is probably an
    overstatement. However, a functioning society needs basic moral codes in
    order to restrain dangerous behaviors. In a make-believe world where
    that baseline morality is suffering a great leap backward, a social
    breakdown may not be a far-fetched scenario.

  • Sinister State

    Historically, two state ideologies — Confucianism and communism — acted
    as restraints on commercial dealings. Traditional Chinese society
    acknowledged the human desire for wealth, but it also warned that, “A
    man of noble character acquires his wealth by just and ethical means.”
    Later, the Maoist regime’s emphasis on sacrificing the individual self
    to the collective also served as a moral check on people’s behavior.

    The destruction of Confucianism during the Cultural Revolution and the
    hollowing out of communism during the recent reform era left behind a
    vacuum of belief. This was quickly filled in by materialism.

    Although materialism also is common in the West, religious values, along
    with well-developed regulatory frameworks and the rule of law, help
    define what is acceptable in business there. In China, the revival of
    capitalism has been driven almost entirely by the pursuit of wealth. In
    the words of Deng Xiaoping, “To get rich is glorious.”

    • Germandude

      Yes, but don’t forget that the “west” didn’t develop in a much different way. I mean it’s pretty simple to understand the saying: ” A hungry man has no conscience.” (“‘Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral!”Berthold Brecht)

      • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

        So, an ignorant man has no need for change?

        • Germandude

          An ignorant man might not know that there is a need for change. He might rather have is stomach filled before he starts thinking of the bigger picture.

          Unfortunately, the fuller the stomach, the more indifferent people tend to get towards changes. After all, yesterday’s hunger is forgotten all too quickly. And today, the table is full of food.

          • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

            Eh, I get the feeling that the fear of hunger, or just the fear of appearing to be hungry, is the driving force behind many Chinese.

            积谷防饥

          • Germandude

            Yes, but with hunger I don’t just mean “hungry for food” but hunger in catching up the consumption. You know, “westerners are all rich and have iPhones, my neighbor has an iPad 2 and soon there is the newest version available. I need to catch up.”

            It takes time to understand that being “in” does not determine a life being successfull or enjoyable. Or did you as a kid don’t feel the need to have the newest Nike shoes/mobile phone/whatever it was to make you feel “in”?

            I did play in a soccer team for many years from which some of the players were my classmates. The newest sneakers in school, the best soccer shoes during practice were very important. Only after some time running after the mainstream did we (me included) realize that its bollocks and unnecessary. I feel I am seeing the same when I lift up my head right now, looking through the office. Consumption, consumption, consumption.

            Then transfer that behavior to lower social classes and more basic needs, such as food, become more the center of attention. This ain’t rocket science anymore thanks to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

            Right now, I’d assume that still 50% of the Chinese population are in the Physiological stage.

            Interesting to see that in countries with high welfare and social security, the poorest tend to aim for highly branded goods in order to be regarded as belonging to another group.

          • Gerhana

            Agree, the poor who glimpse the lifestyle of middle and high class are tempted to live the exact way. The items that they bought are not for practical use but for the prestige associated with the items. This is especially abundant in a culture that values materialism, where money and items are taught to represent degree of success and consequently happiness. The one that consumes the most are vain and in this (materialistic) culture, they are celebrated. The more you consume, the more envy you generate, and you just achieved a celebrity status. When items you own are associated with success rather than the practical use of it, the one that do not own are looked down upon which give rise to the desire to consume. High school social hierarchy stuff….

            The poor in a non-materialistic culture tend to not be a consumer. They are often taught to put others first before themselves, mostly parents and siblings. Ive known many poor who gave up school and go to work to support the parents and other sibling school fee. Sell fruits by day and fight in the ring by night. The money they make they pour it to the family. No iPhone and no desire to have one, it will bring them too much guilt.

            Just to add a view to your last sentence.

          • Germandude

            Yes Gerhana, I didn’t want to say that poor people are always materialistic. Actually, it was just meant to be a general example on how materialism/the need for consumption is deflecting people from REAL needs.

            See Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs

            The basic’s are: breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis and exretion.

            The safety needs are: security of: body, employment, resources, morality, family, health and property.

            Now imagine an unemployed person in Western Europe that has been unluckily lost his job and unable to find a new one. That person receives housing, general healthcare and money to spend to fill basic needs. Rightfully so in my eyes because in a strong society, the strong will take care of the weak.

            Where I have problems with is that many (by far not all, maybe not even the majority, but still, a huge proportion) unemployed use the money to fulfill desires for luxury goods: flat-screen TV, iPhone and that sort as a status symbol, while at the same time, not caring about their own health (often, money is saved on food) and other basic/safety needs. Tobacco & Alcohol are considered luxury, yet, many people consume it, while they can’t afford it.

            In Germany, we don’t discuss much about how we can make sure that unemployed people can be reintegrated into the labor force and so, gain independance of the sytem again, but society is more willing to throw another EUR 50/month at them so that they can eventually by a Playstation 3/iPhone, more cigarettes. In the end “we did the right thing and helped them”. The question should however be: “are we really doing the right thing or making sure these people can’t be standing up anymore, while we can say we tried to help?”.

          • Gerhana

            This is a problem difficult to solve. The poor will never accept if a line were drawn where they must live moderately even if it is logical to do so. This suppression may lead to displeasure and an opportunity for anarchist to incite riot. Crime rate will increase and there will be no stability.

            The way to combat this, as you say, to create job opportunity to reintegrate them. How do you propose to companies to create job opportunities? to create more jobs means more money needed to pay the worker at the expense of the profit, and why would they want to do that? are not most workplace wants to minimize cost while maximizing the profit?

            How about lessen the money the unemployed and the poor receive? They will be independent of the system, but you will gain negative influence and also the trouble that follow with disregarding the poor.

            do you have any proposal on how to handle this, say if you are the government, hypothetically. How would you handle it?

          • Germandude

            I am not sure about how to handle this right. One right choice in my eyes would be to give people vouchers/stamps which only allow you to buy food, drinks and medicine, but no alcohol and tobacco. These would have to be connected with an id in order to avoid trading the stamps on a black market.

            Furthermore, more money and efforts should be invested into education and apprenticeships/traineeships. The problem in the system lays that in Europe it’s pretty clear from the beginning: get a good education and chances are low that you will be unemployed. However, in many cases, people that are well-educated and have loads of job experience are considered to be “overqualified” (LOL) or too expensive for companies when they are above 50 years old.

            Anybody that is lazy in school and does ignore the problem that without good education you will get a job that’s easy to be substituted by cheaper labor/machines, should know that he is in danger to fall under the radar sooner or later.
            I can understand why companies do not find use in that kind of labor force, but it’s not the answer to simply ignore the problem and retain the status quo. It becomes ugly when companies exploit the system and fire people with full time jobs, just to later higher the same people again from 3rd party service providers for a lower wage. I’ve seen that in Germany and NL many times.
            The current way though, outsourcing everything to SEA is also problematic, because it destroys domestic demand while not necessarily increasing overseas trade.

            PS: Oh, and if I had the answer, I would become a politician and would probably be a rich man ;-)

          • Gerhana

            if you have the solution, better keep it a secret and sell your service at high price. You’ll need the money to buy a swimming pool for your house.

          • Gaius Baltar

            The problem in the system lays that in Europe it’s pretty clear from the
            beginning: get a good education and chances are low that you will be
            unemployed.

            Alas, for the UK, at least, that is patently untrue. I know many degree holders, who cannot get work. I would even add a degree is worthless and adds no value if you plan to live in the UK, unless you want to become a teacher in a certain subject. But then who wants to be a teacher in the UK under the watchful eye of communist ofsted?!

          • Germandude

            Well, I am not sure about the system in the UK, so I won’t judge on that. But since my mom and 2 of my uncles are teachers, I think I got to know the system quite well in GER.

            In GER we have the problem that for some years there is a lack of teachers and then for some years there is an overhead for teachers. Assume that the studies involved for becoming a teacher takes 3 years.

            As an example: currently (2012), Germany seeks teachers and everyone knows this. Now you have about a quarter of a million students that are currently studying lectureship + the courses they would like to give. Since everybody knows that the government seeks teachers NOW, a lot more than usual are starting to study lectureship. In 2015, when they are finished (well, most of them), the situation might have changed completely and there are too many teachers. These kind of cycles happen several times in a decade.

            2 years ago, the government was so desperate to find people teaching business/marketing/accounting and stuff and offered quick half year courses for “how to teach” and then quickly become a teacher (not fully governmental hired but partly, so you got the advanced GER healthcare for public servants). I almost quit my job and go home to do it because it’s one of the safest options with stable salary.
            I didn’t take that opportunity in the end, because being a governmental worker (like teachers are in GER) means that you are on a track and it’s almost impossible to take a turn. Plus I am currently earning more than teachers in my age would earn in GER and I assume that I can make much more money in the free economy.

            Bah, hope I didn’t bore you with this reply.

          • Gaius Baltar

            Not at all. To be honest I would not want to be in Germany at the moment, what with the economic crisis and all. Germany is paying the price for being the central bank of the EU, and when it all falls it will not be pretty.

          • Gaius Baltar

            http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2111993/Whats-point-degree-Over-graduates-forced-low-skilled-jobs.html

            Actually, a degree may be useful for China/Thailand…where I plan to return in the new year.

          • donscarletti

            The welfare state gives the option that with automation and streamlining of production that most of the population can simply enjoy their life without having to work every day. Imagine a world where everyone can live like a gentleman of leasure and simply spend time doing whatever the hell they want.

            At the moment I work 12 hours a day 6 days a week in a stressful job. I don’t see what is so independant about spending the bulk of my waking hours solving other people’s problems on a project I don’t like

          • Gerhana

            Maybe in the future. The automaton can only do work with a specific guideline and algorithm for them to follow, like assembling parts, manual jobs. The artificial intelligence are not up to that level where machine can act like human, make error and solve problem creatively. This is the limitation with machine and their difference with human. We still need to work, even if we remove manual labor jobs with machines (sorting fish, packing, assembling etc…) for people’s comfort, necessary jobs that require critical thinking still need humans.

            If we want to do it now, to replace every job with machine, each workplace will require a lot of machine for specific types of work, which will cost money, space, maintenance and every result and product is the same. There is no deviation unless the human engineer program it to be difference. Even with the artificial neural network, the fake brain with its own calculation to emulate real human brain, its still unable to perform as well as human and requires energy and super computer to do so which means more money need to be spend. No one wants to developed it for free, its difficult work. Everyone prefer to do whatever they want rather than get stuck to do something tedious…. Maybe in the future, though it is doubtful we both will be alive to witness a conscious machine working for a human. Pity.

          • donscarletti

            Game Development + China = Painful working hours.

            Game development is notorious for its overtime anywhere, so much functionality to implement before a better game comes out or we run out of money, but in China things are just insane.

            In China, instead of game designers, you have “策划” who’s job title translates to “planner”. Something of a culture where they believe that a game can be specified and planned, rather than designed. So instead of working with temporary assets and mockup functionality, Chinese developers tend to work on assets to satisfy from a list of requirements that is done to production quality, then throw them out when the design proves to be faulty.

            Anyway, simultaniously dealing with this waste of effort while trying to fix it is taxing. Trying my best not to waste too much of my own time doing useless stuff, but having to deal with training a lot of people since we have a high turnover (people are burned out and discouraged quickly), fixing technical problems and trying to streamline some of the production process. I’m paid well but it’s killing me.

          • Gerhana

            work on the prototype and from there expand, understood. What kind of games are you working on? MMO type? should be in demand in China. I can respect programmers, creating intelligent software is not easy, especially games. The weight of the Earth was off my shoulder the moment I no longer have to learn programming in uni, its hard stuff to proof read every single character to make sure it run without error. I can understand a little how its a hard work.

            Before China did you make games from anywhere else? any popular company? I heard some people are now developing augmented reality MMO, that will revolutionise gaming and socialising. Interesting to see how technology is advancing.

          • donscarletti

            Yes, I worked on games professionally in Australia before coming to China. I wrote most of the network system used by World of Tanks and other games if that means anything to you. Yes, I am working on MMOs, 3D Client based ones. My company has two largish MMOs in development and I am somewhat responsible for them both, I can’t give names.

          • ScottLoar

            “I’m paid well but it’s killing me.” Take comfort in the knowledge that if persons of lesser competency or talent could do it you probably wouldn’t be hired and definitely would not be highly paid.

            I have found that most of my work is solving problems, and I understand that’s really why I’m hired.

    • mr.wiener

      “What most left wing admirers of China at the time failed to over look is that China’s order was the order of a slave state.
      It is said that Mao, however much blood is on his waxy hands, restored pride to the Chinese people. If so, it is to the people and not to people that he gave this pride. The price of Mao’s proud banners was the virtually complete destruction of the universal civilization which existed in China: the individual, responsibility, choice, the life of the intellect and so on…” Ian Buruma

      @German dude. Europe was incredibly f*cked up after the last war, but at least it didn’t have to develope from a moral and intellectual vacuum afterwards. Once their stomachs were filled they could agonize over what had happened and mourn the dead confront their guilt and what they had lost. China has never done this, at least not on a large scale anyway.

      • Germandude

        I know. I was refering to times longer ago than the last century. Basically, you can find many similarities when checking the industrialization of Europe, or even further, the medieval times.

    • SonofSpermcube

      The US has well-developed regulatory frameworks with hollowed-out regulatory bodies. It has religious values which exalt materialism, touting wealth as proof of god’s grace.

      I don’t know much about Confucianism in a Chinese context, but in Korea it’s twisted into another form of Fuck You Got Mine. The paternalistic hierarchy with which it’s associated could be to the benefit of all if it were coupled with genuine concern for and desire to help those below you, but then, so could any system.

  • Life of Brian

    A foreigner pleads guilty to raping a local woman on a capital street at night. A judge remarks
    in court that the man’s crime is “uncharacteristic” of the minority
    ethnic community to which he belongs. A police officer agrees, saying:
    “Well I have never come across it before.”

    That was in Ireland this week.

    In another country, an online video
    (warning: it’s disturbing) shows a foreigner being beaten after,
    apparently, molesting a woman on a street in the capital. Commenters
    online call for the foreigner to be “beaten to death.” Days later, the
    police launch a 100-day “clean out foreigners” campaign,
    with a hotline for citizens to report suspected violations of
    immigration, residency or work rules. A well-known TV host,
    supporting the campaign, calls for “foreign trash” to be thrown out of
    the country and is quoted as calling a recently-expelled journalist a
    “foreign bitch.”

    That was in China last week.

    • donnachadh

      The foreigner who pleaded guilty to rape in Ireland was Chinese for anyone who doesn’t know. The judge blamed Ireland’s drinking culture for making this wholesome Chinese man act out of character. Interesting contrast with the Beijing incident indeed!

    • Germandude

      Yes, I heard of that. Wondering, why this is not to be found on chinasmack. Maybe because of xmas.

      • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

        Probably because this story is unknown and not sown on the Sino-interwebs. The “guy drives car into schoolkids, tries to blow up firecrackers” story is next.

        • Germandude

          That one would be new to me then.

          • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20841390

            Most interesting the official take that this guy is “insane”, whereas he sure showed a lot of planning, predisposition, motive and lucidity.

            Sorry – he tried to blow up a diesel tank, not firecrackers. Firecrackers was just for fun.

          • Germandude

            I wish there was more information. Today’s BBC’s reporting seems to contain only 1 sentenced paragraphs without much information.

    • donscarletti

      Bit late mate. The 100 day pogrom is over and things are mostly back to normal. Still was a great reality check, I had some serious delusions about being comfortable and successful China before that happened.

    • Appalled@everything

      That was like half a year ago, and the tv presenter was condemned for inciting racism and most people looked down on the whole business. It is a good comparison, but old news now.

    • Gaius Baltar

      Good post, and highlights the difference in “tolerance” between two markedly different cultures.

  • Slob

    Obviously a new tactic to rid China of bothersome Nail Households – Rather than resort to compensating each household as they give in one by one, punish them all as a whole and tell them that you get nothing until every house is gone which will pressure the locals against their own people. It’s a good tactic and at least it’s better than sneaking into people’s houses to demolish them while they’re asleep, beat them to a bloody pulp, and avoid all responsibility altogether. Whichever sneaky little rat thought of this is going to receive a large Hong Bao from his equally large boss as they wine and dine at the finest restaurant in the city laughing at the peasants as they abuse each other.

    Kudos you fucking pricks, may you choke on the bones of the finest fish in the city.

  • Sir John Edward

    hey man i dont know man cant be right man,
    gotta check the facts n statistic, thats the glock man, facts n
    statistic. Gotta be quotin sum well known sources, gotta have faith man.
    You feel what I feel? Faith.

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