Two men from Zhanjiang climbed onto a bridge in Shanghai and huddled at the top for a whole day on February 13 after they’d been forced out of their homes in Guangdong province.
“We’re homeless”, one man yelled to the police. There were are around 10 more people who came with them from Guangzhou to protest.
According to a person from same village as the men, residents were forced to relocate homes on two separate occasions after reservoirs began popping up in the villages.
One of the men climbed down on his own and the other was eventually rescued by firefighters after their day-long protest to the forced evacuations. One of the men had reportedly attempted suicide in 2010 and had been put in administrative detention since.
At the end of last year, 12 protestors traveled from Wuhan to Beijing to drink pesticides in front of the Qianmen watchtower in a ‘group suicide attempt‘ to protest the forced demolitions of their homes. Earlier in 2013, a man from Shandong province used a homemade bomb to hold off construction workers and over 100 police officers who tried to carry out the demolition of his house.
By Isabel Quan