Target: Government of China
Goal: Demand the Chinese government to stop the construction of high-class facilities and give back Yunnan province villagers their land and homes
In 2009, the Chinese government ordered the forceful acquisition of 3000 mu (approx. 494.2 acres) of land from villagers in the town of Datun in order to build high-class apartments and a golf course. Villagers have since petitioned to the county and provincial offices, but their efforts were in vain.
A villager says that they were compensated either 50 thousand yuan ($8165.25USD) for each mu (0.165 acre) they owned (her family had a little over 1 mu), but were left with no way to make a living as they were now farmers with no land; on top of that, they had no social security and no health insurance.
On July 29, the villagers held a protest at the municipal government building and were met with violence and insult by armed forces. Seventeen people were injured by police batons, several more arrested, and one hospitalized. A one-year-old child whose parents were both arrested was left at the police station.
It is completely unreasonable to construct new apartments and high-class sports facilities on the land where people have their only chances to make a living. Please sign this petition to demand that the land be given back to their rightful owners.
Dear Chinese government officials,
The enjoyment of lavish apartments and high-class sports facilities that you’ve constructed in the town of Datun in Yunnan province comes at the expense of hundreds of villagers who will have no home and no job after they are forcefully evicted from their land. They are given compensation, but not nearly enough to cover them while they travel and find a place to rent, learn a new trade, and acquire a job, all while possibly caring for young children or the elderly. Registered as rural households, these people will likely be ineligible for health insurance and social security even if working in the city. It will be extremely difficult for them to make a living.
The construction of high-class apartments and golf courses is, in addition, completely unnecessary. People can play their golf at any other golf course they want. There are “ghost towns” all over China with nice but expensive and empty apartments and houses; China doesn’t need any more of these high-class dwellings.
Please take into consideration the well-being of your fellow Chinese people. Forcing people to struggle to make a living so that you can decorate the country with extravaganza is an outright crime.
[Your Name Here]
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