Some farmers you just don’t [email protected]&% with. Yang Youde in Central Hubei area has been protecting the land he had leased until 2019 from developer thugs. His weapons of choice: a system of homemade heavy artillery – cannons and petrol bombs.
I first saw the pictures on China Daily, but there was barely any explanation as to why a farmer from around Wuhan would feel the need to… take out the big guns, so to speak.
Luckily, it looks like ESWN already translated the story:
Yang Youde is a farmer who had contracted to rent 25 mu of land. The lease was set to continue until 2019. Over the years, Yang has been raising fish, cattle, cotton, melons and fruits on the land.
Last year, Yang Youde learned that his land had been requisitioned. Since the compensation terms for breaking the contract had not been settled, he has refused to move out.
“The evictors said many times that they will move on me.” Earlier this year, Yang took measures to protect himself. He took a hand-truck and removed the front. Then he put in a set of rockets for use as an artillery battery.
The first wave of attackers was 30 people, which he kept at bay until his rockets ran out. Then they came and beat him up – though, stupidly on their part, they didn’t bulldoze his house right then and there. Learning from his mistakes, he upgraded his defense and scared off the second wave of 100 attackers until police could come to drive them away.
Yang Youde has asserted that he’s not a “nail house” owner, but rather someone who’s just fighting on the right side of the law. While nail house owners are trying to get higher prices from real estate developers, he just wants them to honor his contract.
Funny how he needs firepower to get that to happen.
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