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OZZ
8th June 10, 02:24 PM
Good for him!! This guy is a king in my book..

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Farmer fires home-made cannon to defend land

Tue Jun 8, 12:13 PM


BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese farmer has declared war on property developers who want his land, building a cannon out of a wheelbarrow and pipes and firing rockets at would-be eviction teams, state media said on Tuesday.


Yang Youde, who lives on the outskirts of bustling Wuhan city, in central Hubei province, says he has fended off two eviction attempts with his improvised weapon, which uses ammunition made from locally sold fireworks.


"I shot only over their heads to frighten them," the China Daily quoted him saying of his attacks on demolition workers sent to move him off his land. "I didn't want to cause any injuries."


The rockets can travel over 100 meters, and exploded with a deafening bang, the official paper added. It did not say if anyone had been injured.


His approach is more aggressive than most, but Yang's problem is a common one.


Anger over property confiscation is one of the leading causes of unrest in China, with many people forced to give up homes and land to make way for anything from roads to luxury villas.


Yang says the local government has offered him 130,000 yuan ($19,030) for his fields, on which they want to erect "department buildings." He is asking for five times that amount.


Construction ditches have already been dug across the land of less obstinate neighbors.


A first eviction team attacked him in February after his rockets ran out, but local police came to his rescue. In May he held off 100 people by firing from a makeshift watchtower.


The government is planning to reform property confiscation rules, but rights groups say the changes do not go far enough to address the potentially destabilizing issue.

BadUglyMagic
8th June 10, 03:41 PM
Wait until the communist party hears about this. Property confiscation indeed!

Harpy
8th June 10, 05:29 PM
LOL...go YANG!!!!!!! Good to hear the local police helped him out but he is awesome for standing up to the Chinese government. Hopefully they don't make him 'disappear'.

Conde Koma
8th June 10, 05:46 PM
Awesome dude, I'll bet the government is regretting letting Mythbusters on the air now.

Neildo
8th June 10, 07:28 PM
hold on, if the cops came to his rescue, who do these eviction teams work for? if they're government, they could have just told the cops to get lost.

somebody make a yang youde tower defense flash game plzkthx

Cullion
8th June 10, 07:38 PM
The Chinese state is big enough to have factions who are at odds with each other, within it (just like in other countries). The developers might have been given the okay by some corrupt local government official who isn't directly part of the dude's local police chain of command, and the local police might have thought "I don't give a shit about Mr. Wang's 'lucky money' deal, the guys rushing that farmer are breaking the law!".

I don't know that, I'm just putting it out as a possibility.

WarPhalange
8th June 10, 08:02 PM
hold on, if the cops came to his rescue, who do these eviction teams work for? if they're government, they could have just told the cops to get lost.

somebody make a yang youde tower defense flash game plzkthx
It says the G-men "attacked" the guy.

fes_fsa
8th June 10, 08:51 PM
makes me wonder if this type of scenario is one of the reasons why fireworks are outlawed here.

not that the government really has anything to worry about if somebody had the smarts and resources to nigger-rig a cannon. i'm sure that in the US, they would've sent the national guard or some other branch of military.

Madgrenade
12th June 10, 08:36 AM
No now they just send in the robots. They never leak.

Cullion
12th June 10, 08:51 AM
makes me wonder if this type of scenario is one of the reasons why fireworks are outlawed here.

not that the government really has anything to worry about if somebody had the smarts and resources to nigger-rig a cannon. i'm sure that in the US, they would've sent the national guard or some other branch of military.

In the US, I think he'd have far more legal options open to him before he had to defend his property from seizure with firearms.

Ajamil
12th June 10, 09:07 AM
In the US, I think he'd have far more legal options open to him before he had to defend his property from seizure with firearms.
http://gyokusaiclub.hp.infoseek.co.jp/img/lahti.jpg

An trust onna dem der fancy city lawyers? Hell naw! Tha good lord di'in save mah soul jes to sell it no devil-tongued law-boy!!

fes_fsa
12th June 10, 01:19 PM
In the US, I think he'd have far more legal options open to him before he had to defend his property from seizure with firearms.
cities take land for public infrastructure ALL THE TIME. it's called Just Compensation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_compensation).

if you won't sell your land, they'll make it so that you can't live there. if you keep trying to live there, they'll just have the courts take it from you.

when you get a chance, read this nightmare.
http://www.fortwaynereader.com/story.php?uid=587
it's funny that in a country where property is 9/10ths of the law, some judges can just take your property whenever they see fit.

BadUglyMagic
13th June 10, 03:40 AM
In the US, I think he'd have far more legal options open to him before he had to defend his property from seizure with firearms.

In the US, from relatively recent Supreme Court rulings, property may be taken (condemned) by municipalities or other gov't entities for any reason relating to the betterment of the community. The government may take real estate from a private person and give it to a property developer for a commercial purpose ( and to make a profit for the developer).

If he did that in the US, the local SWAT would come in and kill him.

Cullion
13th June 10, 09:47 AM
I'm appalled.

Wounded Ronin
13th June 10, 10:17 AM
Emminent Domain, buddy.

nihilist
13th June 10, 05:50 PM
That cannon would never penetrate The Galactic Barrier.

bob
13th June 10, 06:04 PM
Technically, there is a disagreement over whether that's really cannon.

bob
13th June 10, 06:05 PM
Sorry, i couldn't resist that. Actually, it's not a cannon at all, more like a primitive Congreve rocket tube.

Cullion
13th June 10, 06:09 PM
That cannon would never penetrate The Galactic Barrier.

Exactly.