How Long Can This Chinese Farmer Hold Off City Hall with DIY Munitions?
Yang Youde has gone positively Rambo on the local Wuhan government.
A poor farmer, Youde has been forced to protect his land from greedy developers. Property rights are a fuzzy concept in mainland China. By law, the government owns the land and leases it to its citizens. With that said, the government loves all things progress. So, farm land on the outskirts of any major city disappears with the blink of any eye. A combination of eminent domain, bribery, and corrupt local politicians has meant that millions of Chinese farmers are now displaced by urban development. It is a big problem brewing that could easily lead to serious civil unrest.
Youde is 56 and lives on the outskirts of Wuhan. The population here is 10 million, and this capital of the Hubei province is growing fast. He turned down a $19,000 offer for his land, citing the fact that he has a legal lease for the land through 2029. Legal and not-so-legal eviction teams are trying to get him off his land. But Yang has crafted some very convincing homemade mortars using fireworks and pvc pipe. Twice he has engaged the enemy: local goons hired by the contractors. As of now, the battle continues.