China: Mapping violent evictions for homebuyer awareness

Google Maps, not Ushahidi or Map World, is what one activist is using in Bloody Map, plotting information of forced evictions from across the country with conscientious potential homebuyers as the target audience:


Bloody Map, according to its Wikipedia entry:


Records the endless cases of violent evictions from recent years, and reminds us to refuse to buy new housing that was built with an illegal and inhumane foundation

Bloody Map also briefly had an entry on Baidu Baike, which in part read:



As you can see, this map, as of now, has been visited by netizens more than 70,000 times, and over 82 cases of bloody eviction have been plotted, covering regions from across the country, from Shanghai to Xinjiang, from Heilongjiang to Guangzhou. The Kang Fuzhen self-immolation case, evictions and self-immolation in Jiangxi's Yihuang, the eviction notice that came with a bullet in Hohhot, the forced eviction in Hutou in Guangxi's Beihai are just some of the notorious cases which have been plotted on the map. However, journalists have noticed that some inaccurate information can be found on the map, such as the Tang Fuzhen eviction/self-immolation case which took place in Chengdu being plotted in Hubei's Jingmen.

“Because netizens can edit the map freely, it's hard to avoid certain small errors, although netizens who discover them can make changes,” the “Bloody Map” creator told Southern Metropolis Daily reporters.

The Bloody Map creator has been very active on a Sina microblog account which was opened on October 8, highlighting news about evictions and interacting with users, some of them witnesses to ongoing eviction projects; two updates from October 9 read:


“The goal of Bloody Map is to collect and list cases of violent eviction which have, or will, already faded from public view; some cases going back 2-3 years I had to dig up myself, but with your support, it'll be much easier. When I say that new housing is being built right now on land covered in blood, people know what I mean.


There are forceful evictions taking place now which need more media attention, Bloody Map on its own isn't an appropriate platform to that end. People can't expect that an effort like this will create enough attention to put an end to current forced evictions. The goal of this site is to present evidence allowing consumers to make decisions. If a day comes when this tiny map is able to make people within the interest chain of a particular eviction reconsider their actions, then it will have achieved its goal.


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