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China: A True Nightmare on April Fool's Day

In spite of the occupants’ outcry, about 1000 security guards and 20 policemen escorting two diggers intruded into a commodity housing district named Li Shui Jing Yuan in Chongqing, the largest of China's four provincial-level municipalities, to forcibly carried out the developer's reconstruction plan which was officially supported by the local government, causing a serious bloodshed conflict. Some residents recorded the whole event and exposed it on some popular Chinese BBSs, trying to call the attention of the public to the vicious incident which just occurred on April Fool's Day.

The copy of the occupant's report on ifeng.com:

作者:浪子-- 发表于 2008-4-2 11:19
2008年4月1日上午9:00左右,共有约1000余名身穿保安制服和20余名未佩戴警号但身着警服的一干人员,大摇大摆强行进入小区,在小区篮球场周围搭起简易围墙,并站成一排,挡住了小区各个出口,阻止业主通过。紧接着两辆大型黄色挖掘机迅速撞破了小区围墙,开进了小区篮球场开始疯狂挖掘,不到1小时,篮球场周边的树木遭连根拔起,篮球场设施和周遭围墙完全毁损,小区的美丽的一角瞬间沦为一片废墟。

由于是工作日,小区只有少数老人在家,目睹这前所未见的惊人一幕,惊骇之余只有暗自垂泪。有年轻女业主一名上午10:00左右开车回到小区,路过野蛮施工场地,刚想询问,便被上述人员强行拖出车外、抓住头发、劈头盖脸一顿毒打,随即便被拖上了一辆警车带离了现场。

当晚20:00左右,又有约40名身着警服的人员闯入小区,见人就打,扬言要给小区业主一些教训,接连打伤了5人,并抓走了3人。5位受伤的业主头面部和身体均有不同程度的挫伤,特别头面部伤口流血不止,被紧急送往医院救治.小区有位女性业主刚才在维权时被车撞伤,躺在地上,车主对伤者不闻不问,却蛮横地想打我们的其他业主,站在一旁的警察们却无动于衷,打110现在已没有任何作用,根本不出警,我们的业主一个接一个地受伤,被抓的业主也音信全无,丽水人现在只有靠自己,靠大家精诚团结才能保护自己的家园,保护自己的合法权益!才能不会让丽水人再受伤!

从事情发生至今,我们一直想取得媒体的支持,把整个事情摊在阳光底下。然而,在联系了重庆日报、重庆时报、重庆地产杂志、重庆市电视台等多家媒体后,要么得到的回音是:上面有规定,这事不能报,要么根本就杳无音讯。只有一家门户网站记者前来采访,并把采访的事实制作成了一部约7分钟的短片发布在互联网上。

小区的业主通过市长公开电话和市长空开信箱发送信息,想把事实向政府部门陈述,然而,有如石沉大海,根本就没有回音。

今天由于事出紧急,小区业主急拨110求救,110答复:开发商是在执行政府的命令。
我们不相信,我们已经安居了4年的家,会在一个上午就被人用推土机肆无忌惮地挖得满目疮痍、围墙尽毁;我们不相信,警察也会同开发商的打手站在一起,毒打手无寸铁而且完全无辜的百姓;我们不相信,身在一个民主法制的国家,守法公民居然连自身的合法财产都无法守护,仅凭政府官员的一纸批文、一笔签字就可以毫不费力的拿走!我们不相信,今天的我们还能相信谁……?

Author:Idler-- Posted on 2008-4-2 11:19
About 9:00a.m. on April 1st, 2008, there were approximately 1000 men dressed in the security guard uniforms and 20 policemen without wearing the number badges that made a forcible entry into the residential quarter, setting up temporary fences, lining up and blocking exits to prevented the residents passing through. Close behind were two large yellow diggers which immediately crushed the enclosing walls of the residential quarter and broke into the basketball court to start crazy digging. Less than 1 hour, the trees around the court were uprooted while all the basketball facilities and the walls around were totally destroyed. Part of the beautiful residential quarter was instantly falling into ruin.
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Since it was the workday, only a few old residents staying at home witnessed the awfully startling scenes; besides astonishment, they could only suffer quietly. A young lady living in the residential quarter passed the barbarous construction site as she drove home at 10:00 a.m.. She was forcibly pulled out of the car, grabbed by the hair and received savage beating from those security guards when she just wanted to ask for some information. Then the lady was taken away by a police car.
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In addition, 40 staff dressed in police uniforms broke into the quarter at about 20:00p.m. and beat anyone they met, threatening to give the occupants of the quarter a lesson. As a result, 5 people got wounded and another 3 were arrested. With different bruises on the body, especially the injuries to the face and head, which were bleeding badly, the 5 injured people were rushed to the hospital. Another female occupant was run down by a car just now when she protested to safeguard the rights. The driver not only left the injured lady on the road, but also intended to hurt other residents while the policemen was just standing nearby, showing no emotion. We called 110(the emergency telephone number), but they would not step in to stop the violence. We are being hurt one by one and still haven't received any news from the arrested neighbors. Now Li Shui People can only depend on ourselves; only unity in good faith can protect our home and legitimate rights and interests, and prevent us from harming again!
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We have been trying to get the media's support since the incident happened, hoping that the whole thing can be widely exposed to the public. However, after contacting with Chongqing Daily, Chongqing Times, Chongqing Real Estate and Chongqing TV station, the answers were either “the authorities have ordered no one can report this” or simply no reply at all. Only one reporter from a portal website came to cover the events and make the gathering material a 7-minute short video and publish it on the Internet.
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The occupants of the quarter tried to report the truth to the government through the mayor's public telephone and mail box, but it's just like a stone dropped into the sea, no response at all.
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Because it's an emergency, the occupants immediately dial 110 to ask for help, but the 110 replied: the developer is executing the government's order.
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We can't believe, our cozy home where we have been living for 4 years can be brazenly spoiled by the diggers over one morning, leaving a trail of destruction and completely destroyed walls; we can't believe, the policemen could stand with the developer's goons, cruelly beating the unarmed and totally innocent residents; we can't believe, in a democratic country under the rule of law, the law-abiding citizens even can't protect their own legitimate property, which can be handily snatched away by an official document! We can't believe, whom we can still believe in…?
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The intentional violence reported by the occupants living in Li Shui Residential quarter was promptly spread among the netizens and almost all the people were greatly shocked by the bloody scenes. Nevertheless, such negative influence which were obviously derogate from the harmonious principles, were subsequently restricted by the Internet regulators. Many BBSs canceled all the posts related to the reports about Li Shui Residential quarter or turned down new comments on the events so that the relevant posts could be rapidly out of the first page, and the only video report made by the mentioned professional journalist was removed, either. (In fact, the journalist only published the video in a personal blog) Even so, the people living in or near Li Shui residential quarter still persisted in publishing information on the situation through some relatively freer sites like ifeng, mop and daqi.com.

Part of the continuous coverage on ifeng.com:

作者:qq822 发表于 2008-4-2 23:59
今天(4月2日)白天又有几个业主被抓,而且是刑警,想给业主安上袭警的罪名.昨晚的冲突就是这伙强盗设置的圈套,他们是想把业主与开发商之间冲突转变成业主与警察之间的,从而找借口抓人镇压,以掩盖官商勾结的内幕.当时发生冲突的时候明明只有业主与开发商的保安(其实就是打手),何来的公务人员?而且就算马上给这些打手换上警服(他们上次就干过),可怎么业主受伤的照片有,而现场那些狂照相的公务人员(只准他们照相,业主照相一律要收缴,不从就要被打被抓,这些照片就可看出拍摄的艰难)却没有拍到一张所谓"公务人员"受伤的照片,连医院的照片都没有?连证据都没有就来抓人,在直辖市竟会发生这等无法无天之事,真是黑暗。

Author:qq822 Posted on 2008-4-2 23:59
Today(April 2) several other people are arrested by the criminal policemen who apparently planed to pin the crime of assaulting police officer on our occupants. The conflict last night is just a put-up job made by those muggers; they want to provoke the conflict between the occupants and police, so that they can find excuse to crackdown the protest to cover the inside stories that the officials are conspiring with the developer. Clearly, the occupants only had a clash with developer's security guards(thugs in fact); when did the officials engage? Even if they let those thugs put on the police uniforms (they had done it last time), why are there only pictures of the injured occupants? Why don't those officials present at that time take any pictures of the so called wounded “public servants”, even not in the hospital?(only the government officials are allowed to take pictures. Any photos taken by the residents are forced to be confiscated and anyone refuse to do so will be beaten or arrested. You may directly see how hard to take pictures through those photos above) The authorities can arrest people without any evidence; how did such lawless thing happen in a municipality? How dark it is!

作者:qq822 发表于 2008-4-3 11:30
现在连在受伤业主就医的医院(重庆医科大学附属医院)都有便衣和开发商的打手监视,去看望受伤都要冒被打被抓的危险,连送医疗费去都很困难.

Author:qq822 Posted on 2008-4-3 11:30
Now even the hospital(the Affiliated Hospital, Chongqing Medical University)where the injured occupants receive treatment is under surveillance of the plainclothes police and developer's thugs. People who go to visit the injured neighbors may also be arrested or beaten. It's even hard to send money for the injuries’ medical fees.
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作者:走走看看1 发表于 2008-4-3 17:20
重庆丽水菁苑事件最新进展20080403
1.关于伤者:从事件发生以来,小区被打伤的业主很多,包括很多年轻女性。有少数业主伤情较重,已经送往了重庆医科大学第一附属医院急诊科。据悉目前还有5人在院,他们当中2名头部外伤(皮肤撕裂及脑震荡),1名颅脑硬膜外血肿,2名胸壁外伤。据称上面打了招呼,只要不出现病情加重危及生命的,决不允许办理住院手续,只能放在急诊科留观。另有当晚自发集合来看望伤者的小区业主也遭到监控在急诊科的警察的毒打,并被强行带走了数人。由于无法探视,目前伤者情况未知。

2.关于警察和保安:自4月1日以来,每天从上午8:30到晚上22:00左右,都会有超过200人、身着警服的警员和约300人、身着保安制服的保安人员,以及数十辆警车黑压压集结在丽水菁苑小区后门施工工地一带,手拿防暴盾、皮鞭和警棍,场面颇为壮观!而且每晚都有一辆警车和少量警员通宵值班。据参与警员讲,他们并非谢家湾街道警察,而是从九龙坡各个片区召集而来的,保安是从保安公司请的,值班采取轮班制。至于来此的目的“自己也不清楚,好像主要是震慑业主以免妨碍开发商施工”。当问及他们对此事件有何看法时,回答“只知道是开发商要占用别人的绿地用来盖房子,绿地哪里有商品房赚钱?我们只是按照上面命令做事”。路人都可以看到,因为小区已经没有敢于主动站出来的业主,绝大部分警员表情都非常漠然,甚至有些无聊,坐着或是站着闲聊,部分警员正在警车内打扑克牌娱乐。

3.关于抓走的业主代表:从4月1日发生冲突至今,已有近20多名业主被刑警带走传唤。已知的有杨姓老先生、冉姓男青年、刘姓男青年、王姓女士等等。据某位业主透露,家人在被带走时自己只在电话里听到“家里有人闯进来了……”就再也没有说话,只得赶紧赶回小区调出监控录像,方知家人已经被一群人秘密抓走,手机再也无法打通,通宵都没有任何消息。直至今日上午,一户业主通过多方关系才从九龙坡区看守所得到消息:家人因为妨碍执行公务而被刑事拘留,让家人带生活用品过去但不让见面,不让打电话,还要拘留多久不清楚。更多的业主还在等待失踪者的消息。

4.关于丽水菁苑小区:自4月1日后,业主不能去关心探望受伤的邻居,一个又一个的业主被抓……据悉一些前期参与维权的业主们都害怕开发商报复,不敢回家过夜了……晚上有三组安置在高处的高亮度探照灯,明晃晃直射小区内部,有如纳粹的集中营。

Author:Walk and see1 Posted on 2008-4-3 17:20
The latest information of the Chongqing Li Shui Jing Yuan event 20080403
1. About the injuries: Since the event happened, many occupants have been beaten, including a number of young ladies. Some people who are seriously hurt have been sent to the emergency room of Affiliated Hospital, Chongqing Medical University. It's learned that there are still 5 people receiving treatment there; 2 of them is with head injuries(skin avulsion and cerebral concussion), 1 with hematoma outside the dura mater and the other 2 with trauma of chest wall. Allegedly the authorities have issued orders on the sly that the hospital can only leave the injured occupants in the emergency room and no one should hospitalize them unless they are in danger of losing their life. Besides, the occupants who spontaneously went to visit the injuries on that night were also clobbered by the monitoring policemen and some of them were forcibly taken away. Because it's not allowed to visit the injured occupants, their conditions are still unclear.
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2. About the police and security guards: Since April 1, everyday from 8:30a.m. to 22:00 p.m., there will be about 300 security guards and more than 200 policemen with riot shields, whips, batons and a dozen of police cars concentrating at the back gate of Li Shui Jing Yuan residential quarter where the construction site is located and every night there is a police car and some policemen patrolling around the quarter. According to the police officers involved, they are actually not working this area(Xiejiawan Avenue), but brought up from different parts of Jiulongpo District; and the security guards working by shifts are employed from the security company. As to why they are summoned here, the police themselves “are also not very clear. the task seems to be facing the occupants down so that the developer can build construction without any hindrance.” When we asked their thoughts on the matter, the police said, “just know the developer is going to occupy others’ green area to build houses. The commodity house is much more lucrative than the green area, isn't it? We are just at the beck and call of the authorities.” Obviously, because no occupant dare step forward to protest again, most of the policemen look very indifferent, even a little bored, chatting with each other or playing cards in the cars.
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3. About the arrested occupants: Since the conflict in April 1, more than 20 occupants have been arrested or cited by the police. They are old Mr. Yang, Mr. Ran, Mr. Liu, Ms. Wang and so on. One of the occupants revealed, while his family was being seized he only heard “Someone's breaking in…” on the phone and then not a word was spoken, so he hastened back to the residential quarter to check the Monitoring videos, finding his family had been secretly taken away by a group of people; and over the whole night, he couldn't get through to any of his family's cellphone. Until this morning, one of the occupants through many connections finally learned something from the detention house of Jiulongpo District: His family were arrested for obstructing the officials in the course of their duty. The occupant was allowed to bring some daily necessities to his family without meeting and calling them. No one knows how long the custody will last. Many more occupants are still waiting for the news from the missing persons.
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4. About Li Shui Jing Yuan Residential Quarter: Since April 1, occupants are not allowed to visit the injured neighbors while more and more people are arrested…it's said afraid of the developer's retaliation, some occupants who stood forward to protect the rights during the early period dare not stay over at home… at night three searchlights set on the heights throw out powerful beams over the residential quarter, which makes the district like a Nazi concentration camp.

作者:qq822 发表于 2008-4-3 20:01
现场场面

Author:qq822 Posted on 2008-4-3 20:01
on the scene
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作者:qq822 发表于 2008-4-3 20:03
现场场面2

Author:qq822 Posted on 2008-4-3 20:01
on the scene 2
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作者:qq822 发表于 2008-4-3 20:06
现场场面3

Author:qq822 Posted on 2008-4-3 20:06
on the scene 3
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作者:qq822 发表于 2008-4-3 20:06
现场场面4

Author:qq822 Posted on 2008-4-3 20:06
on the scene 4
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作者:致命一招 发表于 2008-4-4 12:00
4.1回放:小区内拉起警戒线,业主不能进入

Author:A stroke that causes death Posted on 2008-4-4 12:00
Review of 4.1:the security cordon is put in the residential quarter, preventing any occupants from entering.
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作者:致命一招 发表于 2008-4-4 12:59
4.1回放:庞大的保安队伍要吃饭了

Author:A stroke that causes death Posted on 2008-4-4 12:59
Review of 4.1: The large hoards of security guards are going to have lunch.
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作者:致命一招 发表于 2008-4-4 13:14
4.1回放:撤出的保安来到小区外的大街上,部分已领到饭(白饭盒)

Author:A stroke that causes death Posted on 2008-4-4 13:14
Review of 4.1: The security guards pull out to the road outside the residential quarter while part of them have gotten the meals(white lunch box).
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作者:致命一招 发表于 2008-4-4 13:22
4.1回放:撤出的保安穿过大街向小区后门方向聚集

Author:A stroke that causes death Posted on 2008-4-4 13:22
Review of 4.1: The security guards pulled out cross the road, marching toward the back gate of the residential quarter.
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作者:陈冠希和女伴 发表于 2008-4-7 15:31
看看探照灯!

Author:Edison Chen and his female companion Posted on 2008-4-7 15:31
Look at the searchlight!
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37 comments

  • Joe Flynn

    I don’t think mass beatings of innocent men, women, and the elderly is warranted regardless of violence or threats of violence made towards construction workers. Mr. Liu talks about the U.S., if my neighbor assaults a public works official, I’m not going to have the riot squad beating me and everyone else in my neighborhood to a pulp.

  • Thomas Canada

    Violence! Remember Rodney King being beaten to a pulp by Los Angles finest police. Or I remember the Chicago Police beating the pulp out of anti war demonstrators for practicing their civil liberties during the democratic process of electing our president.
    How about all of th injustices that are perpetrated every day under the watchful eye of our duly elected president.Duly elected is the biggest joke in American history. Money bought the biggest idiot to ever hold the Office of President of the US. It will continue to shame us for generations to come. War,Depression,Fear,what more could we want from our leaders?
    It high time we learn to inclusive , rather exclusive of our world nation neighbors.
    China been doing society long before it was even a glimmer in the west. Perhaps we might wake up and learn a few tidbits of who invented what and when.
    Our leaders continually support tyrants and crazed Potentate lama. Dalia lamas who fool the world with his humble stooping and his love of movie stars who think they actually have something to say. They must have missed that they only work on movie sets,not live in them.
    I’d say 90% of the free Tibet people have no idea whatsoever about anything real about Tibet or China, and think it’s a chance to be on American Idol.

    Most people think thought the war in Iraq that has claimed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilian lives.
    Most people think that a shell shocked Arab from the War in Afghanistan could actually execute 9/11 without our government not knowing is in for a real shock.
    That will be when old George takes the witness stand for his War Crimes against humanity. Husein and Bush are the same morally.
    One day the movie stars will not control the media and the world will finally realize that the Dalia lama is about two steps from his George Bush for crimes against humanity.
    It was he that sent the purported million Tibetan dead to their death against a vastly superior, well- trained and armed with machine guns. What kind of lama would send ignorant,illiterate peasants to their certain deaths?
    Why do the down -trodden not have resources to counter the wealth of movie stars propaganda?
    Why do people not study and learn from history?
    Find our for yourselves and read the truth. It’s out there in the Toyo Bunko and other respected sources to acquire knowledge.

  • Charles Liu

    Joe, if you resist you will. I’ve seen it on the news.

    Meng, here’s a case document someone related to the case posted:

    http://cqbbs.soufun.com/3110022505~-1~157/16577917_16577917.htm

    This proves other poster’s history on the lawsuit going to 1st and 2nd verdict.

    BTW, Your photo show all those BaoAn people, but none of them show them beating anyone. There’s a logic gap between the photos of bloodied heads – who knows, they were the ones started the fight?

  • Charles Liu

    Meng, you obviousely didn’t do enough research. Instead you just jumpped on whatever “roadside news” the Chinese bloggers are bandwagoning.

    Here’s one of the many letters I found on the development case by searching in the gov.cn domain:

    http://www.cqupb.gov.cn/gzcy/mailbox_content.aspx?id=2345

    As you can see, removal of the wall and adding another neighborhood to the existing development (something that’s happening to my own neighborhood in US) was approved and compensation had been provided.

    Now, if people don’t like it, they can go to court. And other citations have shown that they in fact have gong thru 2 verdicts as well as settlement proceedings.

  • Charles Liu

    Meng, previously cited court documents proves the neighborhood expansion plan, and removal of the walls were approved by the government and lega.

    Now, this post (with photos) show the residents interfer with the construction. If an old lady sits under a wall that’s about to be demoed, or residents drive away the construction workers, put the wall back themselves, and erect a tent to prevent legal construction/rezoning, is it still about human right?

    GV, please don’t be so baised, or as recent fashion dictates – don’t be so CNN.

  • Charles Liu, I’ve explained to you before that GVO does not do original reporting. You seriously need to get this through your head. The fact that you not only choose to ignore this—what I’ve told you regarding the service that Global Voices Online provides and why—but continue to spread your insults across other GVO authors’ posts, demonstrates to me that you’re not here to engage in any useful form of discussion. Then there’s your clearly-established history of trolling China-related blogs, as seen on a rudimentary Google search. Trolling is a right which new media allows readers, but it’s one you have proven yourself dedicated to abuse. GVO does not welcome personal attacks, and you have been warned on this point in the past.

    That you didn’t even give Meng time to respond to your rudely-worded and misleading comments only further demonstrates to me your overall ill intent. Why don’t you get your own blog? I recall making this suggestion before. Why don’t you translate the passages you reference that you know full well are beyond GVO’s coverage? You clearly have something worthwhile to add to the conversation, so why don’t you, instead of using one comment to find fault, and then launch an immediate second and third to accuse someone of being negligent, or claim that you are being ignored or that other sides to the story are being ignored. This is just juvenile, disingenuous behavior. You’re right that there are limits to new media. But it is the nature of new media, as participatory media, that stories are free to evolve, and be rewritten. Comment sections are not open invitation to launch manipulative personal attacks for anyone who has too much time on their hands.

    So, to repeat myself yet again, GVO’s goal is precisely to “jump on whatever roadside news […] bloggers are bandwagonning” and it always has been. You’re obviously wasting space by repeating this point to readers here, not to mention leaving passive-aggressive derisive remarks. If you want more information on this incident, please direct your attention here: http://zonaeuropa.com/200804a.brief.htm#014

    In the meantime, I look forward to any meaningful contribution you can make to this thread. And if you have time, please re-read the points for consideration in red text found directly below the comments box here and start taking them seriously.

  • gilbert

    Thomas Canada, you have very good points.
    I am happy to see someone not be fooled by some
    western medias.

    you said”
    I’d say 90% of the free Tibet people have no idea whatsoever about anything real about Tibet or China, and think it’s a chance to be on American Idol”

    that is absolutely true!

  • gilbert

    to Thomas:

    Why does the world not care to see that the Chinese liberated Tibetans from the servitude of a medieval society that fed on the backs of slaves?

    Because they don’t want to report that.

  • gilbert

    Charles Liu:

    People believe what they want to believe.
    Truth will always be true.
    good point!

  • Charles Liu

    John, Meng asked me to provide my side of the story, and I have:

    “If you can fully prove your “truth” in ifeng.com or other site where the Li Shui occupants are gathering,”

    This is what Meng said. And now you are telling me “GV only do propaganda”. Who is wright? is open communication only limited to the things you want to hear, otherwise it “abusive”?

    BTW, I’ve also provided link to photos where the resident drove away construction worker that were there legaly, and put the all back themselves. They even set up a tent to prevent contruction worker to come back – but it seems to have been censored.

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