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Homeowners' Civil Disobedience in China

"After decades of rapid urbanisation which have seen old districts of Chinese cities razed to the ground to make way for new developments, a recent change in the law means that authorities are unable to demolish homes without the owner's formal consent.
   Luo Baogen and his wife are the latest examples of a new trend in Chinese civil disobedience, the refuseniks who won't make way for new construction projects: dubbed "nail householders" because they are like the nails which are hard to remove from planks of wood. http://shltr.net/househighhway
Sent by Evan Kahn

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Had read about this prior...I am frankly stunned that they are able to "holdout"...Even in North America, a homeowner might object, but from what i have seen, a court order will be secured, and they will be evicted.

bayrider said...

I was just going to say, that's bizarre, I can't imagine such a thing being allowed in the USA. No way that would be 'tolerated'.

Makes me question my entire mental construct of China, do I really know anything about what is going on there? Meanwhile we increasingly hear aggressive and confrontational statements towards China from politicos and military in the media here. Some are already predicting war in the next 20-30 years, what the hell for? Perhaps because we owe them so much money and they might want it repaid!

Anonymous said...

bayrider.... "question entire mental construct..." ...yes..does make one wonder.

Justin said...

Bayrider, there are holdouts all over North America, and indeed, the world. NYC (my hometown) is filled with them.

Anonymous said...

Update: this house is now torn down.

No longer living in the fast lane:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2241365/House-built-middle-motorway-China-finally-demolished.html

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