Photo by Remko Tanis
It seems that several of you readers have actually been around Dongjiadu/come across the Dongjiadu family that we pointed out this morning. In fact, one of you had even gone and photographed their protest. According to freelance journalist Remko Tanis, these nail house residents are the Wang family and they’d rather die than move out (with the compensation the city’s planned for them):
Over the past weeks, they have been living in a desert of rubble, kinda like a little house on the prairie, but then in downtown Shanghai.
The local government offers them a six room apartment in the suburbs. The Wangs refuse. They demand at least RMB 100,000 for their troubles, on top of the new apartment way out of town.
In the morning, they dragged their old, sick father onto the roof. With them, they carried two plastic bottles they claimed were filled with poison. To the crowd below, many of them former neighbors of the Wangs, they shouted they’ll drink the poison as soon as the bulldozer starts eating their house.
The son, lying on the lower roof, shouted “Let’s die together! When we’re dead, the government will not have to pay us any compensation anyways. You want to see our old father die here? Shame!”
They sound a little crazy! At least for now, they’ve managed to stayed one extra night in their nail house (it was slated for destruction yesterday), but who knows what tomorrow will bring? Let’s hope nobody actually drinks poison. Tanis has also taken a bunch of pictures of their protest and onlookers at Tianshenggang Lu – the flickr gallery is here.
Meanwhile, the good folks of BEAN were just in the area earlier this week for a Dongjiadu migrant school visit. The migrant school is, besides the Wang house, the only structure still standing in the midst of this rubble. BEAN volunteer 3kes took these pictures while he was there:
An up top shot of the nailhouse by 3kes
A member of the Wang family by 3kes
L: the cathedral across the street, R: children playing in the rubble, by 3kes