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Farmer Uses Homemade Cannon to Fight Off Developers 14

If you try to evict Chinese farmer Yang Youde you better be ready for a lot of attitude and his homemade cannon. Land developers have attempted to confiscate his farm twice, only to be met with homemade rocket blasts. From the article: "'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."


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Farmer Uses Homemade Cannon to Fight Off Developers

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  • This is the ultimate form of "GIT OFF MY LAND!!"
    • It's a hell of an upgrade from a shotgun.
      • by Yvan256 ( 722131 )

        Don't be silly. They probably have laws against civilians owning firearms.

        Fortunately for Yang Youde, there is nothing in the books against owning a cannon!

        • by v1 ( 525388 )

          This is China we're talking about. They keep the number of laws down to simplify things. They just have a few laws that make it illegal to "do anything we don't want you to do".

          I'm betting the average citizen owning anything that could be used against the govt is specifically outlawed. But then this is a developer, so depending on who's getting paid and how much, he may or may not be considered "government" by the local law.

  • Eminent domain (Score:3, Insightful)

    by CHK6 ( 583097 ) on Wednesday June 09, 2010 @03:27PM (#32514896)
    You don't say! The Communist Party of China has the right to seize a citizen's private property? {insert my shocked face.} But hey this farmer is getting off easy, at least he is being offered some money from a government with a wonderful sparkling human-rights record and open political ideas and freedoms. It's good to know that even communists countries practice what other wonderful democratic countries practice to, the seizing of private property from the law abiding citizens they claim to serve. See China isn't all that different from small town USA, where developers can seize private citizen's property to plop down a half run strip mall and apartments for economic development. Government it's the cheese!
  • A first eviction team attacked Mr Yang 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.

    I must say I am surprised that the police assisted Mr. Yang. I am especially surprised because the policing system in China is notoriously arbitrary and corrupt. I thought that the police would side with the party and declare the property seizure as "necessary for the progress of the People of China."

  • Developers? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 09, 2010 @05:27PM (#32516404)

    Am I the only one that thought the title was referring to "software developers" ?

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Dogbertius ( 1333565 )

      Am I the only one that thought the title was referring to "software developers" ?

      The lengths some people go to keep IE6. *sigh*

    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Nope...I expected the farmer to be screaming "developers!! developers!! developers!!" and throwing chairs. :)

  • by nebaz ( 453974 ) on Wednesday June 09, 2010 @08:58PM (#32518716)

    I'm in QA and we do the same thing.

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