After refusing the CCP’s unreasonable demands for relocation, Henan villagers were physically beaten by thugs hired by the authorities, causing many injuries.
Forced demolitions and relocations have been prevalent in China for nearly 20 years, and have evolved into an increasingly serious social phenomenon. In the face of forced demolitions, more and more people are being forced to step up to resist and protect their rights, but under the violent regime, this has resulted in many tragedies.
On August 30, 2018, the houses of more than ten families in Daizhuang village, in Wenhua sub-district (a township-level administrative unit) of Suiyang district in Shangqiu city, were destroyed by the authorities. Apparently, two years ago, the government sold the land of Daizhuang village to a real estate developer; officials signed contracts with the villagers, promising to arrange for them to be relocated to new homes.
But shocker: The government didn’t honor its end of the bargain. And when villagers marched into the Demolition and Relocation Office demanding compensation – what was rightfully owed to them – a government official blamed the lack of funds on a previous administration.
“The person who demolished your houses was transferred to another job a long time ago. It wasn’t us who demolished them. Go and ask those who demolished your houses,” the villagers were told.
Seeing what happened to their neighbors, the dozen or so villagers whose houses had not yet been demolished refused to relocate.
So, the government used its go-to tactic: Force by violence.
At 4 a.m. on August 30, Suiyang district’s Demolition and Relocation Office, Urban Management Office and various other departments gathered more than 1,000 people – armed with iron bars and long wooden sticks – and drove eight excavators to Daizhuang village, where the authorities ordered personnel to seal off all intersections.
“Anyone who dares to obstruct is going to get beaten up. Even if we beat someone to death, we would just have to pay a small amount of compensation,” one government official shouted into a loudspeaker as a warning to the villagers.
The demolition scene in Daizhuang village:
According to eyewitnesses, one villager, nearly 90 years old, tried to step forward, merely to find out what was going on. Immediately, he was beaten up by ten demolition personnel. He was bruised, one of his joints dislocated, and layers of skin ripped from his arms. He writhed on the ground in pain.
When a relative tried to help the old man, her way was blocked by authorities. And when the woman attempted to record the egregious and unlawful behavior, she was pinned to the ground by her hair and dragged over 30 meters. The elderly man’s granddaughter was also subjected to violence after she, too, tried recording the authorities. She received 13 stitches after being hit in the head with a stick.
Government personnel beating a villager who took photos:
A villager in his 60s was beaten up for filming the government violence. A woman in her 70s was lifted up and then dropped to the ground by several government personnel, causing her legs to bump against a broken door bolt, resulting in breakage of the skin and bleeding. Another 60-something-year-old villager who is paralyzed and confined to bed was forcibly removed from his home – right before authorities smashed and ruined everything, then razed it to the ground.
A paralyzed person in his 60s is forcibly carried out of the house; injuries are visible on the elderly person’s arms:
To protest against the government’s brutality, an elderly married couple sprinkled some gasoline outside the gate and locked it from the inside. The authorities responded by climbing over the wall, dragging the couple out through the gate and immediately toppling their home.
Afterward, the villagers posted secretly taken videos online, but the videos were immediately censored.
In late December, the government mobilized a convoy of vehicles to clear the rubble. In order to recover the compensation that they deserved, the villagers argued with officials, but were once again suppressed by more than 200 government personnel.
In order to safeguard their rights, the villagers gathered the relevant evidence and were preparing to go to the provincial capital and lodge a complaint, but officials immediately adopted various measures to prevent them from petitioning. They thoroughly checked all of the relatives of the more than a dozen villagers. For anyone who works for a government department and is related to Daizhuang villagers, if they help them file lawsuits, they will be immediately suspended of their duties and punished as “dark and evil forces.”
It’s yet another case of the CCP winning.
Reported by Xin Lu