Skip to comments.Chinese farmer fires homemade cannon to defend land
Posted on 06/08/2010 8:07:30 AM PDT by MollyKuehl
A Chinese farmer has declared war on property developers who want his land, building a cannon out of a wheelbarrow and pipes and firing rockets at would-be eviction teams, state media said on Tuesday. Yang Youde, who lives on the outskirts of bustling Wuhan city, in central Hubei province, says he has fended off two eviction attempts with his improvised weapon, which uses ammunition made from locally sold fireworks. "I shot only over their heads to frighten them," the China Daily quoted him saying of his attacks on demolition workers sent to move him off his land. "I didn't want to cause any injuries." The rockets can travel over 100 metres, and exploded with a deafening bang, the official paper added. It did not say if anyone had been injured. His approach is more aggressive than most, but Yang's problem is a common one. Anger over property confiscation is one of the leading causes of unrest in China, with many people forced to give up homes and land to make way for anything from roads to luxury villas. Yang says the local government has offered him 130,000 yuan (13,120.52 pounds) for his fields, on which they want to erect "department buildings." He is asking for five times that amount. Construction ditches have already been dug across the land of less obstinate neighbours. A first eviction team attacked him in February after his rockets ran out, but local police came to his rescue. In May he held off 100 people by firing from a makeshift watchtower. The government is planning to reform property confiscation rules, but rights groups say the changes do not go far enough to address the potentially destabilising issue.
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It is awesome!
He should also build a trebuchet.
Good for him
Better start building your cannons now, if the American people don’t neuter little King Obambi in November and toss him and his court jesters out in 2012, then you may very well need them!
At one time they were referred to commonly in this country as the “Communist Chinese,” or “Chi-coms,” or “Red China.”
Not so much anymore, sadly.
I think we in the new media should revive the practice, because that’s what they are, as this story illustrates once again.
If your God-given rights to life, liberty and private property are not protected, you’re not free.
Yes awesome! These Chinese have the brians. Lol! I still remember the guy who built his own sub at home!
Here is his invention.
Chinese authorities are practicing eminent domain just as has been practiced in recent years in some American localities: force people off their property and sell or give the land to very rich and very corrupt property developers.
In the 1940s, MaoZeDong and his people traveled through the Chinese countryside and promised that for their support, he/they would take the land from the landlords (basically large-scale turf warriors), and give the land to “the people.”
Of course, the rural people of China supported Mao because they were unaware of the Marxist definition of “the people” until it was too late.
In the late 1980s, farmers were told that they could make a personal profit from the land they farmed. This re-ignited some initiative, but grains and edible oils had to be sold through government owned depots, and prices were controlled.
Then around 1991 (I was in north-central China at the time), the farmers were told that they would no longer be forced to sell through the depots and could sell openly on the streets.
There was very rapid increase in the varieties of grains and cooking oils, and we remember the dozens and dozens of wagons that would line up in the streets in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei, all selling wheat and barley, roasted wheat and barley, millet, wheat and barley flour, dried pea flour (makes great muffins. Really!), nuts, seeds, and all kinds of other things; peanut oil, rape seed oil, saflower oil, sunflower oil, etc. And, of course, fruitss and vegetables of all varieties, and meats.
The farmers wealth increased rapidly, too, and since farmers were 80% of the population, their increased incomes began a chain reaction for consumer demand.
The Chinese were learning the benefits of the free market.
Now, eminent domain “modern American style” is threatening to destroy the farmers for the benefit of the corruptly privileged.
Eminent Domain allows the US government to do to you exactly what the Chinese Commies did to this farmer.
The urge to defend what is yours is universal.
Of course ... it’s just the way they did it which says they have that redneck spirit clear on the other side of the globe.
And didn’t tea originate in China? When do they get to have their own TEA party?
Just remember to explicitly differentiate between the people and the government. Clearly, the Chinese people want their property rights respected, and well as more personal freedoms. (The CCP is happy to open up economic freedoms... it keeps the people placated and busy, and help them line their own pockets. The more problematic personal freedoms... well... those can wait.)
They already did. See what they did with the opium the british were unloading on china. Look up "opium wars".
Go Mr. Yang!
we could’ve used this guy in New London, Connecticut...
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