Old Tree Relocated for Highway, Villagers Clash with Police

A villager is escorted away by police after an old 200-year-old tree is removed to make way for a highway in a Sichuan province village of China.

A villager is escorted away by police after an old 200-year-old tree is removed to make way for a highway in a Sichuan province village of China.

From NetEase:

Sichuan Gulin Country Police Clash with Villagers Over Forced Uprooting of Old Tree

April 13th, Sichuan province Luzhou city Gulin county Jianzhu town Leyuan village, the government mobilized a large number of special police [SWAT/riot police] and People’s Militia to forcibly dig out an old tree over a hundred years old, with over a dozen villagers including a 13-year-old student were beaten and injured in the process.


Villagers say they disagreed when the county government wanted to forcible uproot the over 200-year-old tree, so the county dispatched People’s Militia and police to forcibly cut down the tree, and thus a conflict occurred with the villagers.



The notice posted by the local government. [The notice says the tree will be legally protected given its age but must be relocated for the construction of a highway.]







Comments from NetEase:

zaxwcdvrbgny [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

Robbers who rob even trees.

网易广东省深圳市手机网友 ip:61.141.*.*:

Some high-level official likes that tree! It “invites wealth” [a “money tree” that brings fortune]! So…

坐等城楼换照片 [网易河南省郑州市手机网友]:

Experience has proven that all relocated old trees ultimately die tragically.

网易福建省南平市手机网友 ip:220.249.*.*:

Does the highway have to go through there? Like Japan, in order to protect a part of a forest, they’d rather spend more money going around it, unlike us where we’d just go and develop it [clear it for development].

樱桃小嘴鲨 [网易江苏省镇江市手机网友]:

There will be retribution/karma…they better watch themselves…

网易陕西省西安市手机网友 ip:123.138.*.*:

They will face retribution/karma!

网易广东省江门市手机网友 ip:59.36.*.*: (responding to zaxwcdvrbgny)

Haven’t we already told you that we won’t take a needle and a piece of thread!!!? [meaning the government will take everything and leave you with almost nothing]

网易河南省郑州市手机网友 ip:219.156.*.*:

Legendary grass mud horse.

网易上海市手机网友 ip:117.184.*.*:

This is our country, hehe…

网易浙江省杭州市手机网友 ip:211.140.*.*:

Hehe! This tree should belong to the villagers.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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