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Brand-New Chengdu Apartments Smashed Up by Construction Workers [Video]

The owners of brand-new apartments in Chengdu recently have become the victim of a dispute between contractor and developer, that led to a sudden destruction of their homes in the early morning of June 28.

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The owners of brand-new apartments in Chengdu recently have become the victim of a dispute between contractor and developer, that led to a sudden destruction of their homes in the early morning of June 28.

Twenty different brand-new apartments within one neighborhood in the Longquanyi district of Chengdu (成都龙泉驿) were recently destroyed by a group of approximately 100 construction workers.

The workers reportedly stormed into the apartment building in the early morning of June 28, forcing open dozens of doors and smashing apart twenty brand-new apartments. Some homeowners have an estimated damage of 300,000 RMB (±45,000US$).

Ongoing investigation

The Longquanyi district police has sent out a message through its official Weibo account:

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“On June 28 on 7.27 in the morning, Longquan police received a call that a group of people were purposely damaging property. After receiving this notification, we gathered a police force of 200 man and rushed to the scene to stop this illegal activity, control the situation and launch an investigation.”

According to the police, initial investigations revealed that the rampage was caused by a financial conflict between the contractors and the developers of the apartment building. This conflict escalated and led to the contractor’s side gathering a group of approximately 100 people who stormed the complex and smashed up different apartments, that had just been newly renovated by the owners.

After the rampage, a total of 17 people were questioned. The police have now taken 4 people in custody for intentional destruction of property, while the investigation is still ongoing.

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Brainless and evil

The destructive rampage has become a point of discussion on Sina Weibo, where many netizens are angered. “Those contractor people don’t have any brains,” one Weibo netizen says: “They pretend like smashing up those apartments is like getting paid – as if this settles their bill!”

“There people need to be seriously punished,” another netizen writes.

Many Weibo netizens sympathize with the homeowners for losing so much of their hard-earned money. The average monthly salary in China’s biggest cities now stands at around 6070 RMB (±913US$).

“These migrant workers did not get their money, so they ruined the homes that people bought with their painstakingly earned cash. If you need to smash something, do it to the house of the real estate boss, or some government. This is intolerable! Evil!” another person writes.

“This just makes me cry. It is not easy for normal people to buy a house, they shed blood, sweat and tears for this beautiful dream. The people who did this need to severely punished.”

Watch the full news video here, originally published on Sina Weibo, edited and translated by Whatsonweibo.com:

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the founder and editor-in-chief of whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer, public speaker, and researcher (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends, digital developments, and new media in an ever-changing China, with a focus on Chinese society, pop culture, and gender issues. She shares her love for hotpot on hotpotambassador.com. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Anger over Guangzhou Anti-Epidemic Staff Picking Locks, Entering Homes

While these Guangzhou homeowners were quarantined at a hotel, anti-epidemic staff broke their door locks and entered their homes.

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Dozens of homeowners in Guangzhou, Guangdong, were angered to find out the locks of their apartment doors were broken during their mandatory hotel quarantine.

The residents had gone to a quarantine location after a positive Covid case in their building. Afterward, anti-epidemic staff had entered their homes for disinfection and to check if any residents were still inside.

The incident happened earlier this month in an apartment complex in the Liwan district of the city.

The incident first gained attention on July 10 when various videos showing the broken door locks were posted online. During the morning, the property management had conducted an ’emergency inspection’ of 84 households. The doors were later sealed.

The case went trending again on July 18 when the residential district apologized to all homeowners for the break-ins and promised to compensate them.

“What’s the use of apologizing?” some Weibo commenters wondered. “Where is the law? If this even happens in Guangzhou now and people in Guangdong put up with this, what else will they dare to do in the future?”

On Chinese social media, most comments on the Guangzhou incident were about the break-ins allegedly being unlawful.

Media reporter and Toutiao author Kai Lei (@凯雷), who has over two million followers on Weibo, said the incident showed that those breaking in “had no regard for the law.”

To read more about Covid-19 in China, check our articles here.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

 

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Shanghai Ruijin Hospital Stabbing Incident

The police opened fire and subdued the suspect, who stabbed at least four people at Shanghai’s Ruijin Hospital on Saturday.

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On Saturday July 9, a stabbing incident that occurred at Shanghai’s renowned Ruijin Hospital (上海瑞金医院) shocked Chinese netizens as videos showing the panic and chaos at the scene circulated in Wechat groups and on Weibo.

At around 11:30 AM the police department started receiving calls that there was someone stabbing people at the hospital, which is located in the city’s Huangpu district. At the scene of the incident, at the 7th floor of the outpatient clinic, they found a knife-wielding man holding a group of people hostage.

According to police reports, the police opened fire and subdued the suspect. Four people who were injured during the knife attack are now being treated, none of them are in a life-threatening situation.

The case is currently under investigation.

According to The Paper, Ruijin Hospital resumed its outpatient services at 14:08 this afternoon.

This is the second stabbing incident in Shanghai this week. On Monday, a man was arrested after going on a random stabbing spree in Shanghai’s Jing’an District.

While some Shanghai residents say the recent incidents made them feel less safe, others praise the fast police response to the incident.

One doctor from Shanghai posted on Weibo that hospitals should have proper security checks in place in order to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening again in the future.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

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