Henan builds road right around nail house as its owner raises national flag on top of it in effort to protect it from being forcefully demolished


Chinese Society  Updated:Mon, May 18, 2015 00:49 AM   By Bernd Chang


A three-story house standing in middle of a new asphalt road in Luoyang of Henan province caught national attention on Sunday May 17th.

Dramatic images of the three-story house standing in middle of a new major road of Luoyang city in central China’s Henan province has become the new sensation among Chinese online community, becoming the latest symbol of the frequent standoffs between Chinese homeowners and local officials accused of offering too little compensation to vacate neighborhoods for major redevelopment projects.

According to NetEase, the house and all neighborhoods were ordered to be demolished to make way for a major urban road more than two years ago. After all the neighborhoods accepted government compensation terms and allowed their houses to be demolished, the three-story house became the only left on a large construction site.   

Although the two sides did not reach a deal, the project went ahead two years ago, which represents the typical tactics of the local government to push for final surrender of the holdouts as well as their deep belief that nobody is capable of prevent a commercial property project from being completed, not to mention a road project in the name of public interest.

And there is no lack of success story of such tactics, like the very similar nail house in Zhejiang.

Now the entire road is almost finished except the unpaved ground under the nail house, we can expect the pressure on the nail house owner is increasing rapidly, as illustrated from the wording of the media:

The project takes more than two years to take shape, but since the nail householder rejects government compensation plan, refuse to move out and let the house stand in middle of the road, the road will not open to public on schedule.

Pressure also comes from public as illustrated from some of Chinese netizens’ comments:

NetEase netizen 天空中的灰机 from Wenzhou, Zhejiang province: Such nail house hindering construction of public project should be pulled out. In case of commercial property project, it is another matter.

NetEase netizen济宁张贱人快还我五年利息 from Suzhou, Jiangsu province: Chinese national flag is of no use without relationship with officials. You have to have background to become a nail householder.

NetEase netizen警世钟 from Bozhou, Anhui province: You are a nail householder if you do not move out of your own house? Chinese media are misleading the public.

NetEase netizen那么阿弥陀佛 from Ningbo, Zhejiang province: What is the original planning? Do they have alternative plan? Why went ahead without finishing the preliminary work? Do not always abduct law-abiding citizens!

NetEase netizen齐鲁管理学院院长 from Beijing: Hoisting the red flag to protect his house? It is less effective than the flag of Myanmar!

Can national flag and the newly crowned title "most stubborn nail house of Henan" protect the holdouts from being forcefully demolished? Given the one-sided lose of game for the house owners so far, we do not expect the Henan resident can be an exception.

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