By JG Vibes
February 28, 2013
It should come as no surprise to anyone that eminent domain style land seizures are a regular occurrence in communist China, just as they are in communist America, like we have seen with the Recent XL pipeline land grabs.
Last year in China one family actually refused to leave their house when they were told to move so a road could be built through their property. In response the government surrounded their house with a highway and threatened to tear it down until they eventually gave in. Now many residents living in areas that face similar problems are beginning to fight back against this land theft, and share their stories with the world.
A mass protest by villagers in the south-central province of Hunan is the latest of several similar incidents drawing attention to land acquisitions for development projects being exploited by communist officials.
More than a thousand Hui Muslims from Pingfeng Village, Shaoyang City, protested in front of the municipal government building on Feb. 25, demanding that authorities hold the relevant officials accountable for a recent land acquisition during which villagers were attacked with batons.
One of the villagers, Mrs. Ma, told The Epoch Times that the protesters held up banners and photos taken of the villagers being beaten. “We waited for over an hour and no officials came out to meet us, so we went into the office building and were met by at least a hundred police. Then finally an official came out to meet us.”
The protestors stated that the land was forcibly taken, and more than a dozen people were injured. Supported by the villagers, the families of the victims demanded that the municipal government investigate the local law enforcement department and punish the perpetrators. However, they were told to wait for the outcome of the government’s investigation.
According to Mrs. Ma, the beatings occurred on the morning of Jan. 10, when over a hundred Shuangqing District government staff members, policemen, and urban management officers arrived in police vehicles, and commenced a hostile land acquisition. “They came to the village and beat whoever spoke up with police batons, injuring 14 people; seven were even hospitalized,” she said.
There was no official paperwork accompanying the acquisition, and villagers who requested documentation were met with threats. One villager, Zhang Yaping, took pictures of the incident, and was subsequently chased, beaten unconscious, and had his camera stolen.
Mrs. Ma said the officer in charge at the time shouted, “Beat them up! I’m not afraid of them suing; I’ll pay even if you kill them!”
At that point the officials began hitting the villagers, including Mrs. Ma, her husband, and their son, who was severely wounded. Villagers who were only observing also got beaten and had to be taken to hospital.
Afterwards, various villagers separately reported the incident to the local government, holding that it had engaged in a fixed-price land acquisition under the guise of development.
About 330 acres of land were recently forcibly acquisitioned, according to reports. During the past year, many villagers have been hurt due to frequent forcible land and home acquisitions, with the total injured numbering over a few hundred people. Purportedly, these under-the-table dealings between the local government and developers enable both to make considerable profits using the acquisitioned land.
A local surnamed Zhang told The Epoch Times, “Villagers survive off the land, and now the land is forcibly acquisitioned. Villagers demand that the local government buy them pension insurance, and ask for employment. With their land and homes facing immediate demolition, the villagers asked that the issue be settled locally. But officials have ignored this request.”
Some villagers added that many retired government officials have taken up part-time jobs in real estate companies, and are receiving wages and benefits, including former employees from The National People’s Congress, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and also law enforcement. Some have even bought villas very cheaply through developers. These people are apparently utilizing their previous connections and old titles to work with the developers, thus deceiving the public.
These flimsy property rights are without a doubt a major contributing factor in the labor conditions in this country and others. As i have wrote about before, this ability to use falsely legitimized force to root people from their ancestral homelands, and then to use further force to control their actions are without a doubt the primary causal factors behind the dreadful labor conditions in the third world. This is not just an abstract theory, the proof of this can be seen in every government action taken in developing countries. It can be seen in the military aid that is given to third world dictators to suppress their people, in the tough trade laws that make it impossible for anyone to become self-sufficient and in the massive involuntary evacuations that have created massive refugee populations.
To sum up the labor situation in the developing world, local governments sell or give away land that they do not rightly own to larger governments. Those larger governments then become the sole holders of property in the area, and begin to set up their own factories. Since most of the usable land has been stolen by these groups, the factories that spring up in the area will have an unnatural advantage that will result in the establishment of a monopoly. This leaves the people who had their land stolen with only 2 options, work for the monopoly and have a terrible life, or live on a reservation style wasteland and live a horrible life. This is an absolutely sickening predicament that has no place in a civilized world, but it is so important to reiterate, that this is not a natural situation, this is not the result of freedom, or of a free market. Quite the opposite, this situation has come about as a result of state violence and a primitive disrespect for property rights.
To clarify this point, lets imagine a world that actually was free, where homesteaded property rights were accepted and where people were free to do whatever they wished so long as they did not hurt anyone else. Say that a group of indigenous people had a right to land that was rich in oil or mineral resources, they would have limitless options, compared to what they experience today. They would have the ability to sell parts of the land, or just sell the resources, they would even have the ability to rip up every offer that was tossed their way and keep the land to themselves for sentimental and preservational reasons.
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J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter-culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer, reporter for dev-test.intellihub.com and Executive Producer of the Bob Tuskin Radio Show.
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