Nanchang Homeowners Clash With Forced Demolition Crew

The scene at the forced demolition.

From NetEase:

Violent Forced Demolition in Nanchang, with Residents Holding Gas Tanks and Threatening to Jump Off the Building

March 28, in Jiangxi Province Nanchang City, at the intersection between Beijing East Road and Shanghai North Road, a confrontation happened between the forced demolition crew and city residents, during which a man confronted forced demolition crew sitting on window sill with a compressed gas cylinder in his arms, and a female house owner clashed with forced demolition crew on the rooftop, threatening to jump off after being surrounded by the forced demolition crew. The forced demolition crew charged up to the rooftops, driving off all the residents, and seized all the gas tanks and the national flags hung up by the home owners. Because they were outmatched in force, some of the homeowners could only powerlessly and helplessly look on as the bulldozers downstairs demolished their houses.

The scene at the forced demolition.

Scenes of the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

The scene at the forced demolition.

“To rise environmentally”

The scene at the forced demolition.

“To develop in a civilized way”

The scene at the forced demolition.

“Hard work can rejuvenate the nation”

Comments from NetEase:

网易江西省南昌市网友 ip:117.45.*.*:

I went to the scene, and it’s said that the households being relocated demanded storefronts in the Hengmao Department Store across the road as compensation, and that’s 150,000 RMB per square meter! One ought to know to be content, the government has already offered such high compensation, why not let the houses be demolished? Were you expecting to rely on this to get rich and have it last for 3 generations? Nanchang building a subway is a good thing, as well as it being for the ordinary common people’s transportation convenience. My family’s home was also demolished for subway construction. Honestly speaking, the compensation from the government is much more than what we’d get from selling the house on the market. One should know when to be content. Towards this kind of people who ask for sky-high prices, I express resentment.

悲剧 [网易北京市网友]:

More vicious than Japanese invaders raiding villages.

网易江西省南昌市网友 ip:117.45.*.*:

The government on one hand has to build infrastructure to improve the people’s lives, and on the other hand has to face the ridiculous compensation demands of a few households being relocated. Chengguan’s brutal law enforcement is what people should be united against, so are these relocation households who dream of becoming rich overnight worthy of our sympathy? Left there for a year without being demolished, the government can wait, but urban development can’t wait. Street storefronts is what you people depend on for your livelihoods, so we understand your drastic actions, but the city can’t stop developing because of you. You need to know that the roads of Nanchang can’t afford to suffer traffic problems! You should know that there’s a subway station right next to you!!!

剁椒鱼 [网易山东省滨州市网友]:

“…seized all the gas tanks and the People’s Republic of China flags hung up by the home owners. Because they were outmatched in force, some of the homeowners could only powerlessly and helplessly…”

网易北京市网友 ip:114.251.*.*:

The last picture is so ironic!

Comments from QQ:

腾讯呼和浩特市网友 阿弥陀佛:

The demolition [for redevelopment] isn’t wrong, but why is it that so many cases are of the compensation not being appropriate/enough? In the past, they were called nail houses, [but] are the houses demolished all that black [simply greedy]? All nail houses? The collusion between government and business results in the suffering of the common people.

腾讯网友 开心天使:

The demolition is good. Nowadays economic development is well, old buildings are ugly, and to change them into new buildings is a good thing.

腾讯泉州市网友 孒誩īじò: (responding to above)

Good, my ass. If chengguan existed in China’s Tang Dynasty, would you still be able to see the Forbidden City?! If a house should be demolished just for being ugly, then why don’t you go die for being ugly?

腾讯网友 潇然:

Newly appointed chairman and premier, where are you?

腾讯上海市网友 蓝剑: (responding to above)

They are touring various countries, giving away US dollars, doing image projects, erecting monuments to record their great deeds.

腾讯网友 太阳: (responding to 潇然)

Chairman Xi, still haven’t returned yet? Our home is a mess again.

腾讯网友 一生何求:

With society so unfair, how can the common people protect their own rights? It is just a modern version of bandits forcibly demolishing and raiding. How can the common people fight back? I abhor modern authorities/power-holders, beasts ignoring the common people’s wishes, sacrificing others to satisfy their own desires, a hateful, pathetic society!

腾讯南京市网友 八度钢琴:

Dispatch Chinese demolition crews to attack Vietnam. Dispatch Chinese chengguan to attack Japan, and retake lost territory.

腾讯网友 1002463540:

The actual hooligans/thugs of society. The government hires society’s idlers for their demolition crews, so when something goes wrong, it’s just temporary workers again. A life to them is nothing more than a termite. 90% of the compensation the country provides for compensation find its way into the government’s pockets. What can the common people do? The blackest [most corrupt] of them all is still Xi’an City Baqiao District, motherfuckers.

腾讯安徽省网友 蜗牛设计:

Every time I see news like this, I feel like I’m already numb, and just close the window, because not matter what you say it’s useless.

腾讯网友 青纱帐:

The State-Owned Land, Housing and Compensation Ordinance issued by the State Council has been in effect for 2 years already, so forced demolitions are legally already supposed to be history, and considered absolutely illegal.

腾讯郑州市网友 差不多先生:

Where’s the government? Or has the government also been frightened into inaction by the “niu people” [involved in] forced demolitions?

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  • Sofa! And no body can demolish it!

    • billy

      Good luck with that sex change op – no more will you be a wanker.

      • mr.wiener

        He does have pretty hair admittedly.

        • Panda Banana

          chinese girls like guys with hair like that…fuck, i bet some of the chinese guys like him too!

          • linette lee

            No, most chinese people don’t like long hair and face whitening BBC creme on men. OMG! Too gayish. Look at our chinese male celebrities. They all have clean hair cut and sun tan skin.

        • Bugs Bunny

          maybe he is jap, jap guys like that kinda hairstyle more.
          no,we chinese dislike that kinda hairstyle unless super handsome guys with special hairstyle…or looked cheap…
          we chinese like clean short hair…look at out actors almost all with short hair, long hair considered stupid and gay.

          • linette lee

            Or korean.

            Sorry stefan yi-cheng xu mattsson….I am not saying you are unattractive okay…… if that’s your photo in your avatar. You are you and be happy with yourself okay. :) We are just talking about hair style in Asian men.

    • the ace of books

      Have you been offered compensation for your sofa? If so, its hours are limited.

    • Appalled@everything

      Was it your intention to look like an autistic Bieber?

  • Nobody can demolish my sofa!

  • MrT

    Sooner they knock down those tiled crapper houses down the better, fcking eyesore

    • Irvin

      What are you talking about?! The new ones they’re building are the same tiled crapper house, but just bigger and taller.

      • MrT

        nicer tiles.get brown and reds now

        • Hongwu Emperor

          No, gray tiles are better. Red tiles [if the building is made out of wood] has a bad fengshui, because red = fire and fire on top of building surely a nono!

          Gray/Black tiles are better, Green for more ”important/stately” places also. Yellow for emperor/nobles/temples =)

          Blue = heaven, good for temples, very beautiful and very nice

    • Ruaraidh

      Haha, agreed. If I was the autarch of the UK, I’d be tearing down all those bloody concrete pebbledash piles-of-turds they built in the 60s and 70s. And don’t get me started on New Zealand and ‘Straya; stunning countryside and people shit all over it with their hideous tin-roofed shacks.

    • slob

      Sure they’re shitty looking places and should be knocked down but at the same time you need to remember that these are people’s homes that they worked hard for and now the govt. walks in and says “your house looks shit, fuck off, here’s a minor amount of compensation now go live in the suburbs you filthy peasant”. Wouldn’t that piss you off too?

      • Isnt the compensation almost all the time really “generous”? I know about 2 demolition-caes concerning some relatives of my gf. They got so much money, that they could either buy a really big appartment, or two smaller ones.

        And the comments here also state 150.000RMB/m². For such a shitty home, like we see in the photos, that is far too generous I think…

  • Hongwu Emperor

    This is looking like those ancient sieges, when the guys tries to climb up the walls, and the people at the defense throws bricks/hot oil/arrows etc… :X

    Another demonstration of bravery by the people of the Celestial Kingdom

    • BiggJ

      HA, man your comments make me laugh.:) There’s a fine line between bravery and stupidity.:) If I lived there I would welcome the government giving me money to move. I would even help tear the piece the shit down. It’s not like they lived there for generations. That building looks 200 years old, it’s probably only 20 years at the most. You can’t win a fight like this. It;s not like you own it. The government owns it. You just lease land in china. So don’t feel so bad about it.

      • Hongwu Emperor

        I understand that, I was just defending the people because usually, both foreigners and chinese alike thinks that the people are way too ”tranquil” and ”without response” to any government abuse, such as forced eviction.

        And the comment was just a way of saying ‘things are not the way you guys think’.

        The demolition of the building ITSELF would not be outrageous if they received compensation/a new home,etc…

        At last, this was not an ‘ancestor’ home/ground neither ancient building, making my rant less ”fiery”. what truly makes my blood BOIL is those demolition at Beijing hutong, or other ancient/dynastic era housing.

      • wallimo

        I think it’s more that they consider because there land is valuable they deserve more. “it’s got a subway station” in a central location and the compensation may be good but will it provide them with an apartment in the new complex that is built on top of the subway when it’s completed? I doubt it. They’ll have to live on the out skirts in a new development that they can afford.

        • BiggJ

          I don’t know, having a subway close would be the least of concerns if I lived a apartment like that. I’m sure they got more money then the the actual apartment was worth. And thy don’t own the land. They are just allowed to live there. So if they have to leave, they have to leave. I’m surprised the government gives them anything at all.

          • Rick in China

            If their reasoning is “Well now we gots a subway nearby”, I’d counter, as the government, with “Well, mother fucker, we built the subway, so take the excessive compensation and move out before we mow you down.” Or in Obama’s often context-less quote, “Joo didn’t build that!”

    • BiggJ

      This is Hongwu after the demolition after being arrested heading back to his time machine. He fights the future from the past. He’s off to fight the Mongolians now….hahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahah

      I don’t know why 4 copies of the pic showed up. sorry.

      • Hongwu Emperor

        Policeman: yep, time to go back to your own time!!
        Hongwu: Agreed, I’m tired of this boring modernity. I shall thank you, honorable law enforcer!! (goes back to the past)

        Note: nice pic BTW =)

        • you are a stylish Emperor

          • Hongwu Emperor

            Thanks a lot, Gerhana! it’s just me doing my usual job, you know? =)

      • mr.wiener

        A glitch in his time machine perhaps? He showed up in 4 parallel realities.

  • The Enlightened One

    “To Develop in a Civilized Way”

    Certainly looks like it!

    • BiggJ

      At least they never plowed the building with them in it. I would have. I would have gave them 1 chance. Take the money and leave….or else. Just like them Japs, you have to hard on um.

      • JB

        Are you so cruel? horrible!

  • Washington Bullets

    What does the compensation consist of? If it’s better than living at the current location then I’d take it.

    • BiggJ

      according to one of the chinese comments it was 150,000 rmb m2….that seems more then what i would figure they would get. If that is the case then fuck these guys. They are just being stupid.

      • hess

        “I went to the scene, and it’s said that the households being relocated demanded storefronts in the Hengmao Department Store across the road as compensation, and that’s 150,000 RMB per square meter!”
        They didn’t get 150 fucking k a m2……..

        • BiggJ

          Yeah that’s what I thinking….but im sure they go something of equal or maybe a bit more then what their place was worth though.

          • hess

            indeed, like most of the time. My ex-fiancee had her crappy ass house demolished, she got 3 new apartments plus some cash..
            Edit: Not in nanchang though

          • firebert5

            Yeah, but my friend’s parents’ apartment was demolished and they got a third of what it was worth. About the only thing that is consistent in China is the inconsistency.

    • For some people, their home holds more than a monetary value can pay for. Hence their fierce resistance in being forced to move from a place they do not want to move from.

      • Rick in China

        In my experience here that is an excuse more than the reality. They want more money. Very few people care about and pass down homes through generations like in some older european/western countries. Look at the disrepair of 15 year old apartments, people in general look at homes as a necessary but temporary thing here..not to mention the fact they don’t actually own the land/property and are leasing it long-term.

  • Panda Banana

    Greedy house owners, doesn’t matter how much you offer them, its not enough. I think the chinese gov. did the right thing demolishing these houses and our western governments should learn from that. This is the right way to deal with the situation! Since i have no stake in the outcome, I don’t give a shit anyway….china, too many unnecessary people and too many fucked up buildings, both need to be reduced and just in one case replaced with something else, and i am not talking about the people!

  • the ace of books

    The first comment is such a 5毛 – quick! let’s disparage the victims and ruin their reputations so that they won’t be taken seriously! That’ll legitimize us!

    Anyway, not a big fan of 拆ing. I don’t care if the old houses are ugly – so’re the new ones. But no one’s going to tear down houses and plant trees, are they? The obsession of “make it new! make it more!” is overwhelming, and often unnecessary. Humanity, calm down, take your medicine, and have a nice lie-down, will you?

  • Appalled@everything

    What’s with the white aura around the figures in the images? I’m not saying this is photoshopped, but it is weird looking..
    Also, while I get not backing down and staying in your home. But doing it while the place is being pulled down? What, they wanted to die? Dumb.

  • carl star

    What would really help these people. Hire a foreigner. Do people in China have any idea the press they would get if some Laowai was standing around and asking question?
    Hey i will be here all night in Shanghai. Remember if you are drinking don’t drive and if your house is being teared down, find a freaken laowai to get worlrd and local support. At least people will find out sooner as it happens

    • Rick in China

      Great idea. Hire a white guy to ‘stand around asking questions”. That’d sure validate their claims!

      White monkeys, the solution to all of China’s woes.

      • carl star

        And why not. What else can people do. Chinese people can’t do anything themselves. Why not help out

        • Rick in China

          What exactly do you think you can do to intervene? Do you think the construction workers/local authorities pushing the demolition give some sort of authority to a foreigner simply by their presence?

          “Well, there’s a white dude standing there talking, so… well, pack it up boys, guess we have to try to demolish the buildings another month!”

          My point is the arrogance in thinking some random laowai standing there and asking questions would have any sort of effect is ludicrous. It’s this kind of attitude/thinking/…vocalization of thought…. that represents why so many Chinese dislike foreigners and call them arrogant / thinking they’re superior.

          • BiggJ

            WHITE POWER!!! lol

        • rezaria

          shut up cracker

          • carl star

            Typical responses. Best to only find the worst in everything.

        • Hongwu Emperor

          They can’t do? what about this show of resistance, be it on the right or the wrong side? you call that ”cannot do anything by themselves?” would you do that in their places? what about that?

    • Panda Banana

      help who? its the demolition crew who needs help kicking this greedy bastards out of the building and some helping hands to demolish this piece of crap they call building. The home owners are usually more then generously compensated and receive multiple time the amount their piece of shit apartment is worth, but still like to bargain until the last second. Thats typical chinese behavior and business practice always trying to renegotiate even after they signed the fucking contract. Fuck em…help this dumb fuck with the gas bottle ?

  • Paneraman

    Typical in china. The government doesn’t care about the people more so just ‘bribing’ them off. If it doesn’t work, they get the 黑道帮 and chengguan to do the dirty job.

  • don mario

    how do we know what the full story is? china is the bullshit propaganda machine.

    sure if these guys did want an unreasonable amount of money they were in the wrong. but im not going to base all judgement’s on some nosy passerby.

  • DavidisDawei

    Chinese buildings age poorly; one reason why I would not “own” a building in China unless I built it.
    Those buildings look like they are 100 years old and in disrepair, so that probably means they were built 20 years ago

    • mr.wiener

      All the ceramic tiles on the outside make them look like the interior of public toilets.

      • DavidisDawei

        HaHa – Great Observation!

    • 5,000 years of uncivilization

      Very true but for Chinese home buyers, there aren’t many options. Even if they think the quality is good, they’re probably getting cheated. Seems like a real waste of money to me.

  • Ah, so the vast majority of these confrontations are because of a demand for higher compensation?

  • BiggJ

    Imagine if chinese civilians could have gun…..this situation would be a lot different.

    • 5,000 years of uncivilization

      True, that. And there would be a massacre on cable every hour instead of daily, as in the USA.

  • JB

    What a brutal country China is! So glad that I live in a civilized society – the United States. Such lawless demolition of people’s homes cannot happen here, nor in other Western countries.

  • mike921

    Nice to see some of the sheep fighting back, big shortage of balls in this ‘country’…

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