Impacts of City Demolition and Restoration: Oppositions and Protests
These two video clips documented the undisclosed protesting events happening after the eviction and demolition order was given to remove and relocate local residence living near the Datong City Wall.
On 29 March 2010, in front of the Datong Government Doors, a group of processed meat factory workers stood up. The Datong Tongfeng Processed Meat Factory declared broke one ear ago in May 2009, but the workers never understand why. Shortly after their gathering, in Datong Xihan lingxiang Dongxiao River Village, villagers came to municipal government. The demanded for a reason in losing their land rights and lost of income, their land were sold to the Tong Coal Corporate by the village government, making pocket profit out of the money obtained. In the same day, another protesting activity was initiated by a group of residence living in the forcibly evicted and demolished housing settlements. It was told that such protests has been ongoing for days. Housing quarters that are within 80-120 meters from both sides of the old city wall had to be demolished. Yet, the lack of complementary houses left citizens to relocate themselves.
On 17 May 2011, a violent evacuation and demolishment incident occurred in Datong, triggering local residence to step up and protest against such wrong doings. The recent eviction and demolition actions led by the local government had already received a lot of questioning and even aroused collective events to take place.