Thousands of people in parts of The Chinese capital will lose or have lost their homes designated as “illegal buildings” in the dead of winter as a massive campaign of forced evictions and evictions takes place against “small-property” properties. Yang Yusheng, a professor at China University of Political Science and Law, announced a hunger strike on Monday morning after authorities cut off water and power to his soon-to-be demolished home. A large number of audio-visual and written information about besieged property owners fighting for their rights, accusing local officials of “illegal governance, harmful to the people” and “reckless waste of waste” are being widely spread, causing great concern among public opinion.
The latest wave of forced demolition involves the New Village of Xiangtang Culture, located in The Cui Cun Village in Changping district, on the same axis as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
Xiangtang village is famous for its strong cultural connotation and was named one of the “most beautiful villages in Beijing” in 2007 and one of the “Tourism reception villages for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games”, according to the website of the new village. The website still available depicts the new village of Xiangtang Culture as a mountain village full of rich cultural fragrance, a paradise far away from the hustle and bustle, a wonderful natural oxygen bar, and a beautiful home that makes the people of the world become immersed in the culture.
Appeared on the Internet, however, a large number of text and video display, in which has more than 3800 small property rights house hong tong culture xincun, currently has more than five hundred houses by the authorities as illegal buildings, the owner said they are not allowed to the administrative reconsideration is was informed that the court ordered a limit move out within 7 days, before the Spring Festival next year.
Owner: Local government’s breach of contract damages “bona fide third party”
One owner told VOA that the notice, which is stamped with the same village and township government seal as the purchase contract, has left the owners, who are “bona fide third parties”, feeling cheated and “cheated” by village officials. The owner, Mr Jin, describes the practice as “government contract fraud”.
Video shows, hanging around in a “hold good ecological” place with good mountains and waters and the fight against black evil forces such as banner hong tong village residential area, an owner from upstairs to the guards outside the building of a group of men cry out loudly, saying, he is the legitimate living in his own room, and local government is in the illegal administrative, must correct immediately. “Is there such a government at all times?” he asked. And then he said, “Never before or since.”
Yang Yusheng, a professor at China University of Political Science and Law, is one of the owners of Xiangtang facing forced demolition. He told VOA that it is difficult to understand why authorities are persisting with the forced demolition of more than 500 properties. “It is neither lawful nor in accordance with the procedure, nor in conformity with the overall interests of stability and unity of the country, nor with the ruling concept of doing everything for the people. All in all, there is no advantage. I don’t know why.”
In a recent open letter to leading officials at the China University of Political Science and Law, Yang Yusheng wrote: “The house site is located in Xiangtang village, so there is no problem with the nature of the land. The house purchase contract signed not only has the official seal of the village committee, but also has the official seal of the People’s government of Cui Town and town, as well as the Use Certificate of Collective Land for Construction land issued by the Land and Resources Bureau of Changping District, so it should be protected by law.”
The town party secretary on the cusp of the storm
Ran Hao, Cui’s party secretary, was transferred to Cui last year from China University of Political Science and Law, where he and Yang Yusheng are alumni. In a conversation with an official from The village of Cui, Yang Yusheng reminded Ran, a secretary from Chongqing who had come to Beijing to study and become an official, to govern according to law and serve as an official for the benefit of one party instead of harming the common people.
Ironically, according to changping district government information, Ranhao led a pre-festival security check in Dongxiaokou as the town’s Party secretary to “ensure that the whole town has a safe and peaceful Spring Festival.”
More than four years ago, a deputy director of the Dongxiaokou police station in the town led police officers in a violent case in which Lei Yang, an alumnae of China’s National People’s Congress, was killed by a prostitute.
On Monday, VOA called the Xiangtang village council to ask about the eviction. The other side said that they can not answer this question, you reporters directly to the village to learn.
Beijing sent under the “breach” task
According to multiple sources, in recent years, there have been frequent activities in China to demolishing houses with small property rights, which are classified as “illegal construction”. In the past year alone, the city of Beijing has forcibly removed dozens of villas in rural areas, including Changping and Huairou, without compensation and, in some cases, with owners who have agreed to relocate or temporarily resettle, on the grounds of “protecting the environment.”
Xiangtang Culture New Village is currently the largest concentration of small property houses in Beijing, with a total population of more than 3,800 families, many of whom come from the elite level of all walks of life in Beijing, with a wide range of social activities and influence. In addition, about a third of the homes deemed illegal are the only properties owned by the owners, some of whom are elderly and some are bedridden.
It is reported that some officials who went to the site admitted to the owners that the demolition of Xiangtang village was carried out from above Beijing. In the dead of winter, the authorities ordered the owners to move out within seven days, and reports of demolition crews threatening to cut off water and electricity sparked anger among xiangtang villagers and strong public condemnation.
Rights owners upload another video, a on crutches, claiming more than eighty – year – old old communist party member’s from shanxi to owner in community hospital in wearing a red mark security guards sobbing, the effect is to spend their twilight years, he spent a lifetime of effort to buy the township government to sell the house, but now will demolition, this situation also suffered by Japan (occupation) period.
Sheng Hong: An unprecedented humanitarian disaster
Professor Sheng Hong is a former director of the Tianze Economic Research Institute in Beijing, a private institution with liberal and reformist leanings that was forced to close more than a year ago. He has long been concerned about China’s land issues and small property housing issues, and has a deep understanding of forced demolition.
Sheng Hong himself in Huairou district water Great Wall old Beijing siheyuan small property house three months ago was forcibly demolished. He recently told VOA that it takes decades to build and run a home, but only a quarter of an hour to tear it down. In his opinion, under the banner of protecting the ecological environment and demolishing illegal constructions, local governments force owners to accept unreasonable and unequal demolition agreements. When natural and man-made disasters such as epidemic disease and flood continue to ravage mankind, local governments use a lot of manpower and material resources to demolish the homes that residents have built with their efforts and sweat, which is an anti-human and anti-civilization behavior.
In a tweet last week, Mr Sheng called on the “Changping district government to immediately stop illegal forced evictions”.
‘It’s winter now,’ Mr. Sheng wrote. ‘It’s minus 8 degrees at night.’ They want to demolish the home of owner of sweet hall illegally at this time, this is really bully too much. As far as I know, at least a third of the people in Xiangtang are the only ones living there. Forced demolition would be a humanitarian disaster unprecedented at home and abroad, and it would also destroy the Chinese tradition of sheltering tens of thousands of houses and sheltering all the cold people in the world.
The economist pointed out that the right of residence is a constitutional right, but those in power do not respect the constitution and the law. “It is quite outrageous that they just do it without dialogue or administrative review proceedings,” he said. “It is a winter and the epidemic is serious.”
The owner protested bitterly against the arrest by the police
An academic from the original system, who asked not to be named, told VOA that he felt the same grief and indignation as other owners because of the illegal administration, the destruction of people’s livelihood and the destruction of the owners’ homes. Although his house in Xiangtang village has not yet been included in the demolition scope, because of the cold lips, teeth and teeth, if he does not remove it now, sooner or later it will be turned into ruins by the hook machine.
The academic also said that the owners were told that the eviction period was only seven days, that the village committee director and party branch secretary had missed the opportunity for administrative review and that the village official was now in hiding.
Guo Lingmei, the eldest daughter of the red poet Guo Xiaochuan and former director of the CCTV News film factory, wrote a letter a year ago expressing her determination to safeguard her living rights in xiangtang, a move that has won signatures of support from many property owners. On December 5, The Changping public Security Bureau detained Guo lingmei on criminal charges of gathering people to disturb public order. Police called her daughter, but her family didn’t know they had taken her.
Wuhan pneumonia outbreak of the first anniversary of new crown epidemic, the world still suffer untold harm, some parts of China appear again a local infection, authorities in Beijing changping now catch the rights owner, sent great horde forced demolition, trespassing on society and risk losing their homes aggravated tensions among the owners.
Owner: Fascist forced demolition with a legal stick
December 10th is World Human Rights Day. Black-clad demolition workers and arm-sleeved security guards entered xiangtang village with large mechanical vehicles, said to be thousands of people.
The owner, Surnamed Jin, who was watching at the scene, told VOA that areas 9, 10 and 4 of Xiangtang village had been cordoned off. He was witnessing what he called a fascist-style demolition when men in black broke into two empty houses and began moving things out. “Just don’t want to pay [compensation], deduct an illegal construction claim, take the big stick of the law and have a fascist-style forced demolition,” he said.
Xing Xiaoqun, a retired Professor from the China Youth University for Political Science who lives in Xiangtang village, wrote: “I feel like lambs to be slaughtered, myself and my neighbours; Just as jews in Germany and Poland were driven into queues, driven into cars, driven into concentration camps, driven into crematoria.”
In the winter of two years ago, Beijing unleashed a furious campaign of eviction and forced evictions from some of the city’s urban fringe. One user compared the images to the “Kristallnacht” incident, in which Nazis and ss troops attacked Jews across Germany before World War II.
The disobedience movement kept rising
In Beijing’s forced demolition campaign over the past year, the jiuhua Agricultural Science Popularization Demonstration Park, Wayao in Changping District, Yayuan in Qiaozi Town in Huairou District, the Old Beijing Siheyuan in The Great Wall of Water, The Hanbi Building in Qingdao, and The Small property housing communities in Lusanpo, Hebei, have all been cleared, involving tens of thousands of people. One netizen described the forced demolition of baizhifang in The Xicheng district of Beijing as “half violent, half profiteering”.
There have been cases of homeowners unwilling to lose their homes dying or being injured as a result of resistance to forced evictions. In Shanghai, a recent owner committed suicide by setting gas canisters on fire as demolition crews stormed his home.
The most famous of a series of busts across China was the villa complex at the northern foot of the Qinling Mountains, which took six orders from Communist Party leader Xi Jinping before finally being demolished. The incident triggered an earthquake in shaanxi province that sent zhao Zhengyong, the provincial party secretary, to prison, where he was given a suspended death sentence and his personal property confiscated.
Scholars condemned the illegal forced demolition
In April 2020, when the epidemic eased slightly, some local authorities resumed the so-called clean-up, rectification and forced demolition operations. At that time, Guo Dahui, Zhang Qianfan, He Weifang, Sheng Hong and Guo Yuhua, five prominent scholars in Beijing, wrote a letter to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, “condemning the unconstitutional and illegal forced evictions” and calling for an end to the terrorist acts of “forcibly evicting citizens’ homes by illegal means”.
‘In recent years, Beijing and other places have seen massive and illegal forced evictions in the name of’ demolition violations, ‘ ‘the letter said. Since 2019, this kind of situation because of Beijing and some local governments in movement way, widespread evictions plan, the use of government organizations at all levels, positions and promotion and forced demolition “achievement”, more negative significant social impact, right of residence is a serious violation, live in the only citizens were out of home, home displaced; All illegally evicted citizens suffer huge property losses equivalent to several years of their entire annual income; Their constitutional rights have been violated and their personal dignity has been destroyed, “he said.
In June 2020, a large number of real estate in Beijing was forcibly demolished, including Huan-iron Art District, 008 Art District, Songzhuang Art District, Shuipo Art District, Heiqiao Art District and Cui Cun Liu Village, which was severely criticized in an article written by Xu Zhangrun, a former law professor of Tsinghua University. He writes that such “forced evictions everywhere increase land reserves, which in effect increase the value of the land and then make profits from the actions of the upper and lower hands. “The landlord” and “the principal landlord”, between the power and money, shoulder to shoulder, interlocking, pot full, bitter are thousands of residents. “The article called Beijing’s forced evictions and evictions of low-end people” insane “and denounced the campaigns of flat graves and coffins in Jiangxi province and the” co-housing of villages “in Shandong province as” harmful to nature “and” not only against the law of the land, but also against the universal principles “.
China’s official media: The small property housing issue tests the wisdom and ability of the government
The phenomenon of small property houses in China, which is plagued by the clearance and forced demolition of illegal constructions, has a long history. The reasons are closely related to the rising price of urban housing market and the rural land resource allocation system.
According to a report cited by legal Daily, a state-run newspaper, all urban housing in China, including small property, covers 29.8bn square metres, of which 7.3bn square metres is 24%, second only to commercial housing, which accounts for 38%.
“Experts believe that in today’s high price of ordinary commercial housing, small property houses are popular because of their low cost and price, but this is contrary to the current law,” the paper said in an analysis. However, if the small property housing projects are dismantled, it will not only waste resources, but also intensify the contradictions. How to properly deal with the problem of houses with small property rights has become a pressing problem for governments at all levels, which tests their management wisdom and governance ability.”