Joe Nobody: Defender Of Liberty!

PHOTO: In this Nov. 22, 2012 file photo, people stand near a house sitting in the middle of a new main road on the outskirts of Wenling city in east China's Zhejiang province.


Don’t ever be afraid to stand up for what’s right, even if you’re the only person who thinks you’re right.”  My Dad told me this, growing up. I’ve never failed to remember it any time that I’ve found myself  thinking ‘someone should do something’ or ‘that’s just not right’

In the middle of an eastern Chinese city’s new main road, rising incongruously from a huge circle in the freshly laid pavement, is a five-story row house with ragged edges. This is the home of the duck farmer who said “no.”

Luo Baogen and his wife are the lone holdouts from a neighborhood that was demolished to make way for the main thoroughfare heading to a newly built railway station on the outskirts of the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province.

Dramatic images of Luo’s home have circulated widely online in China this week, becoming the latest symbol of resistance in the frequent standoffs between Chinese homeowners and local officials accused of offering too little compensation to vacate neighborhoods for major redevelopment projects.

There’s even a name for the buildings that remain standing as their owners resist development. They are called “nail houses” because the homeowners refuse to be hammered down.

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4 Responses to Joe Nobody: Defender Of Liberty!

  1. Greg B says:

    I expect the homeowners to be “salvaged” at some point in the near future.
    (yes I know salvaged is a Philippine term. But it fits)

  2. James says:

    City needs to put in a crosswalk to front door.

  3. Bman says:

    “So, what’s your address?”

    “Uh, it’s 7 Interstate 10. Ya can’t miss it.”

  4. sortahwitte says:

    I predict it won’t be long before that apartment is gone and the people in it. Also a few lower level bureaucrats that didn’t get the “message”.

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