In China, there is a difference between regular 拆 (chai, demolish) and 强拆 (qiang chai, forced demolition). What are forced demolitions? They are when a building is demolished by forcibly evicting the residents.
Sichuan Mianyang residential building made into a “castle in the sky” by forced demolition, top-floor resident had not yet relocated
January 6th, in Sichuan province’s Mianyang City is a 7 story residential building, where the resident in the top floor has not moved, but the bottom 5 floors’ stairs have been demolished by excavators, and is now like a “castle in the sky” [building in midair]. The developer says this project is a post-earthquake disaster reconstruction project approved by the Mianyang City municipal government, that all demolished buildings are derelict buildings.
Living in a midair building on the verge of collapse”, the owner is in a mess… If it collapses, who will take responsibility?
He makes it so you have people but no house to live in. You make it so he has a house but no one to live in it. Why not?
As someone from Mianyang, this occurrence makes me feel profound tragedy.
A house purchased with an entire youth of toiling, only to be taken back by the government 70 years later, and the land again sold to another developer. I hope the next generation is not like me, that they will have a house that they can leave for several generations of descendants to live in. How great that would be.
Where? I will go be an onlooker.
Born in this society,
whatever happens, none of it surprises me anymore. I won’t hide myself.
Come [across provinces to] arrest me.
Lou zhu you swear this wasn’t caused by an earthquake?
A building on the verge of collapse, a political power on the verge of collapse.
The earthquake didn’t bring it all down, but the forced demolition team sure fucked it. Nothing to say, really.
If it were Brother Tao’s [Hu Jintao] home, it would still be: Demolish it!
Sometimes property developers are ruthless. Sometimes nail-house residents are greedy. What do you think is usually the case?
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