Survivor House
Testing private-property law
China’s version of “David vs. Goliath” in the real estate market
Demolition crews don’t always get their way - a survivor stands tall


[2004]   Wu Ping’s home (located in Chongqing, southwest China) was left standing
on its own island as the family refused to accept compensation to move.
While the row rumbled on,  the bulldozers excavated the site around them.
Rumoured to have government connections, the family is not expected to be
forced out. This is the first major test of a newly passed private-property law...






[JP Press:  3 April 2007]   Authorities in China have torn down a stubborn couple’s house
after a three-year stand-off that hindered a construction project and captivated the nation,
a witness and state media said.

Wu Ping and Yang Wu have been fighting off bulldozers in downtown Chongqing since 2004, when
they were one of 280 households asked to make way for a redevelopment project in the booming
southwestern city of nearly 28 million.

Their two-storey brick building was clawed into dust by an earth mover as a few dozen reporters
and people looked on late last night, said witness Zhang Shuguang, who photographed
the event and posted them to his blog.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Wu and Yang had agreed to move into a similar-sized
apartment elsewhere in Chongqing.

The building had been standing precariously on a small island of land surrounded by
a vast construction site.

Chinese news reports and online commentators refer to the home as a
“dingzihu” or “nail house,” playing on a phrase for troublemakers who stick up
like nails and refuse to go along with government policies.



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