(From dahe.cn) "We were sleeping when a group of people broke in and dragged us out, next moment our house was bulldozed flat with computer , freezer and everything still in it." cried a woman crouching in front of the ruin of her home with her son still searching his textbooks among the rubbles. It happened at 5 in the morning on May 13rd. Later that day it was revealed that the house was not up for demolition yet, and the developer torn down the wrong house.
The woman named Guo Man, living in the Da Yuan Keng area that has been targeted by real estate developer Wensheng Company. But the company hasn’t got a deal with the family yet due to compensation issue.
Guo Man said it was 5 a.m. or so when her mother, her child and she were woken up by the noise, a group of people broke into the house, dragged them out and carried some furniture out afterward. Guo Man went back to stop them but was grabbed and pulled out by 7 or 8 people. She wept to the reporter that her credit cards, computer, freezer and even the kid’s shoes are still in there, now her primary school child has to attend class with bare feet.
Wang Yanming’s house stands opposite to Guo Man’s and is taken care by his brother Wang Yanqiu who hurried to the scene and saw people taking down his brother’s house at about 6 a.m… He asked the demolition crew for certificate who asked him back for legal certificates.
In the afternoon the reporter went to the local government and interviewed Zhang Yongcheng, vice-chief of the district who’s responsible for urban construction. According to the Zhang, there is in fact a demolition operation aimed at 8 settlements in the area, and Wensheng company the developer was supposed to demolish 20-some housings whose residents had already agreed and moved out. Zhang said: “Guo Man’s house really should not be demolished, it is the developer’s mistake.”
When asked how many houses were taken down mistakenly, Zhang replied he received two complaints from the two households, but the case with Wang Yanming was still unclear.
One staff from the Wensheng company negotiated with Guo Man in the petition handling office of the government. He admitted that the company was wrong in the way of demolition.
Vice-chief Zhang Yongcheng said, “presently the district government proposes 3 ways out: 1. Wensheng company apologizes to Guo Man’s family and gets penalized by the government; 2. Wensheng company settles Guo Man’s accommodation and other living problems, gives out 3,000 yuan first; 3. The district government will surely justify the matter for Guo Man’s family."