Friday, May 3, 2013

The Nail Grave

It would appear that in China the strategy to overcome people who refuse to sell property that is required for development purposes is to simply bully them into submission. It does however seem that a small group of people have emerged who are literally standing their ground and in spite of bizarre and noisy happenings going on around them, they remain strong-willed.

These property owners are known as "Nail Householders" referring to a stubborn nail that is difficult to remove from old wood. Rather than allowing this to stand in the way of progress, full blown construction surrounds these properties and they are literally left with a house, on a mound, in the centre of a construction site.

Visually speaking, these nail houses make for a very odd looking spectacle and to further add to the weirdness of it all, in December 2012, reports of a "Nail Grave" began emerging in the media.

The city of Taiyuan is home to more than four million people and is considered one of China's great industrial cities.

Local inhabitants were paid to move the remains of their loved ones from a local cemetery to make way for a development project. One family refused and a sole grave now remains on a mound of earth, 10 meters up in the sky as construction takes place around it.

Asian media outlets reported it to be the latest act of resistance, against land dispossession from Chinese people.

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager


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