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Chinese Villagers’ Homes Forcibly Demolished As They Slept

Xu Xianglan is crying.

Xu Xianglan is crying.

From QQ:

Henan Villagers’ Have Their Houses Forcibly Demolished While They Slept , Build Tents for Shelter

[Picture above] 2012 October 31, Luanchuan County Luanchuan Village Luozhuang Countryside, 82-year-old Xu Xianglan collapsed in front of her house, which is now in ruins, her two hands covering her face as tears streamed down.

According to the villagers whose houses were demolished, in the late night of October 21, more than 80 people wearing white gloves and camouflage clothing broke into villagers’ homes, dragged them out while they were sleeping with only their underwear on, and tore down 4 families’ houses with excavators before leaving. Up to now, no one has claimed responsibility for this forced demolition incident, and the local government has already gotten involved and opened an investigation.

Xu Xianglan is expressionlessly staring at the ruin.

82-year-old Xu Xianglan, her hair gray, expressionlessly staring at her house which now has turned into a ruin.

Xu Xianglan is now living in a tent.

With no place to live, she walks with stumbling steps toward the temporary tent with a “curtain door” with “red double happiness” printed on it.

Villagers can only set up tents on the roadside.

This picture is of the houses having been destroyed and only being able to set up tents on the roadside.

A banner saying “Resisting forced demolition, return to us our homes.”

This picture is of a banner saying “Resist forced demolition, return our homes.”

Villagers looking out for their homes.

The villagers have set up tents on the roadside and lit a bonfire in the night, looking after their homes which now are half gone due to forced demolition. This picture is them surrounding a bonfire to keep the cold at bay, as they stand guard over their homes, to prevent their houses from being demolished once again, with the words “resist forced demolition” on the wall behind them, as well as a tall building that is currently under construction.

A scene of devastation is everywhere.

2012 October 31, the houses of 4 families in Luanchuan County Luanchuan Village Luozhuang Countyside were demolished, leaving a scene of devastation everywhere.

Comments from QQ:

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腾讯重庆市网友 深邃海洋:

Forced demolition never cease! How weak the private rights of citizens are in the face of public rights! When the ordinary common people can’t even protect their own homes, where is their sense of security and happiness supposed to come from?!

腾讯网友 卓什么: (responding to above)

Hehe, what a strange country, can’t even protect our own compatriots’ homes, yet we yell about protecting the Diaoyu Islands [aka Senkaku Islands] every day. We don’t dare to offer a helping hand to a fallen old man on the street, don’t dare to chase after a thief, yet we yell about invading Japan every day.

腾讯绍兴市网友 兲:

According to the villagers whose houses were demolished, in the late night of October 21, more than 80 people wearing white gloves and camouflage clothing broke into villagers’ homes, dragged them out while they were sleeping with only their underwear on, and tore down 4 families’ houses with excavators before leaving. Up to now, no one has claimed responsibility for this forced demolition incident, and the local government has already gotten involved and opened an investigation.
——Hehe… [the government] themselves investigating themselves, can they possibly find anything fishy at all that way? ——

腾讯网友 勤劳的蚂蚁:

A real example of government officials and businessmen collaborating together! Real estate developers would not have the guts to go out and forcibly demolish [villagers’ houses], so just what roles do those fucking officials have behind the scenes?

腾讯东莞市网友 仰望□阳光:

“According to the villagers whose houses were demolished, in the late night of October 21, more than 80 people wearing white gloves and camouflage clothing broke into villagers’ homes, dragged them out while they were sleeping with only their underwear on, and tore down 4 families’ houses with excavators before leaving. Up to now, no one has claimed responsibility for this forced demolition incident, and the local government has already gotten involved and opened an investigation.” Investigate, my ass, as if it wasn’t you bastards who gave the nod in the first place, despicable and shameless, taking dirty money and then no longer even treating your own parents as humans. I want to ask you if your conscience is in your stomachs or in the dogs’ stomach. People like you will sooner or later get what’s coming to you, and will die a horrible death!

腾讯网友 凹凸鳗:

“…the local government has already gotten involved and opened an investigation.” No need to investigate, it was probably the local government who did it.

腾讯保定市网友 好摄之徒:

CCTV’s “Are you Happy?” should go to there and ask.

[Note: This comment is a mockery. Not long ago, around the National Golden Week Holiday, CCTV had a show in which reporters would randomly interview citizens on the streets and ask them the same question: “Are you happy? / do you think you’re happy?”]

腾讯昆明市网友 32.768khz:

If [those responsible for the demolition] have the balls, go demolish the lighthouse on the Diaoyu Islands.

腾讯大连市网友 汽车解码:

The local government, beasts, deluge, the devil…

腾讯网友 ゛..ヽ孩孓彵:

I’m not already at an extreme level of speechlessness… Do they want us to live or not?

腾讯网友 随便不行:

This country’s people are too barbaric!

腾讯网友 壶壹氘:

Even more evil than the devils [Japanese invaders].

腾讯柳州市网友 该坚持别退缩:

News about forced demolition is too common, and has already become the one thing the ordinary common people hate the most, and the local government has already gotten involved and opented an investigation. Hope they can give the ordinary common people an explanation.

腾讯网友 Hui:

It’s very normal!!! You should consider yourselves lucky that they didn’t bury you alive!!!

腾讯网友 简简单单:

Where are CCTV’s reporters, are they going to go ask them if they’re happy? [See above note.]

腾讯网友 大宝乐乐:

I’ve seen forced demolition with my very own eyes… 4 big dudes held the homeowner down outside the house while the other men took sledgehammers and smashed the house, no different than bandits…

腾讯网友 5555:

Reading news like this makes me feel angrier than losing the Diaoyu Islands. Our government, you’ve already really disappointed the people.

腾讯滨州市网友 快乐的单身汉:

In the midst of construction and development, there will inevitably be demolition, so how to relocate according to the country’s regulations and according to reason is the people’s responsibility. The very act of posting this without knowing the whole story is an act of splitting the unity of the people.

腾讯网友 玫梅: (responding to above)

Bullshit, you’re one of the corrupt yourself.

Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.

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