On the eve of Lunar New Year and first day of the New Year, local residents began to rebuild their ancestors’ graves. However, local governments keep warning the villagers over loudspeakers that they must dig up the graves again or else they will be slapped with a fine of 500-1000 yuan and the government will forcibly dig up the grave.
Involving as it does grave robbing, unaccountable power, justified cynicism, and, sadly, a gangnam style parody video involving people dressed as zombies, I should have covered the Henan province grave reclamation protests before. However, it was rumbling on for a while and I never quite got round to disinterring it from the to-blog list.
I’m pleased to say that Global Voices has now done the necessary.
Local irony: Our neighbourhood graveyard here in north Manchester was dug up four years ago and replaced by our local Tesco, to no more than a murmur of opposition. There’s a little plaque in the corner of the car park and a couple of benches where the staff eat their lunches and smoke.