Chongqing Man Returns Home To Find It Demolished

The destroyed roof.
The destroyed roof.
The destroyed roof.
The destroyed roof.

From NetEase:

Away for a week, shocked to find home demolished upon return

My friend lives in Maoershiyijia Village in Jiangbei District of Chongqing. He hadn’t been home but since today was a holiday, he had planned to rest for a couple of days at home. When he got home he got a great shock! His front door had been pried open, the furniture, bed, cupboards, etc. had all disappeared; with chairs, cabinets lying outside the front door. If it were just being robbed, then you can only accept that you were unlucky. But what was ridiculous was that the entire building had been ruined, the roof had been lifted off, several square metres of holes easily visible, and the neighboring building also demolished. It leaves one completely dumbstruck, and is so cruel/tragic as to be unbearable. After reporting the incident, the civil police arrived at the scene quickly, took my friend to the local police station to fill in some damaged property forms and then told him to go back. My god, I want to know what kind of thief or robber would be so arrogant? That in the process of stealing things, even the roof ripped off…

Maoershi District is currently being demolished. My friend, because of work reasons, is normally very busy, and doesn’t go home that often. With what happened today, the neighbours all voluntarily came to tell my friend that for the past few days the people carrying out the demolition had been living here, even cooking and bathing, that  it was the demolition crew that had demolished my friends house, with the neighbours all thinking that my friend had been to the relocation office, gone through the procedures and reached an agreement, never imagining it would be like this. Everyone expressed their indignation. What needs to be made clear here is that my friend never reached any demolition agreement or went through any procedures with the relocation office. In other words, this house is my friend’s private property and no other person or work unit/organization has any right to dispose of it. They [everyone, especially the government] all say demolitions are done according to the law, so what law was the demolition unit following? What ever happens my friend hopes that those responsible are able to come forth and offer an explanation. It doesn’t look like a thief if you say it was a thief, but if you say it was a forced demolition then there wasn’t anyone who notified me either, nor did I receive any procedures from any law enforcement departments, so it is definitely incomprehensible.

The destroyed roof.
The destroyed roof.
Pried open door.
Pried open door.

Comments from

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Don’t know when the country will be run according to the law.


Chinese style forced demolitions are getting more and more niu.


When will the lives of the rabble [ordinary common people who are not respected by the people in power] be considered?


A good topic for a crosstalk!


Chongqing will always be Chongqing. Government official Bo Xilai is in power here, and still this happens. It seems bad people are all bad no matter where they are from is a well-known truth that cannot be denied/disregarded.


The party is everything, what the party says goes, the rabble off to one side. Endure it and eventually everything will be river crab.


Haha, now [you] clearly understand, China is not yet a society with rule of law.


What the party says goes.


Its good you weren’t at home otherwise you would have definitely got a beating.

Written by stubear

Stewart is an Englishman, from Cornwall to be precise. He studied Chinese in England and Nanjing before going on to do a masters degree in China. He would like to think he knows all there is to know about China but has actually found the more time he spends there the more baffling and confusing it gets. Through the medium of Chinasmack he hopes to contribute to the sharing of modern Chinese life to the world; and in the process constantly improve his Chinese.

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