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Complaint and Petition Regarding a Violent Demolition in Nantong, Jiangsu

April 14, 2012

On April 17, 2012, police officer Zhang Jingbo, an armed policeman, was dismissed from his position in the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Armed Police Motor Vehicle Squadron due to “demolition problems related to his family.”

The complaint states that Zhang’s parents Zhang Junguo and Xu Liyan had rejected a land requisition order from the government of Gangzha District, Nantong, Jiangsu Province. In January 2011, around 80 plainclothes individuals authorized by the local authorities broke into their company, Hongfeng Lilai Wood Company. The plainclothes intruders caused damages of more than 20,000,000 yuan to the company and demolishing the building.

The group also injured several people, including Zhang Jingbo himself, who had to be hospitalized for treatment. Zhang Junguo and Xu Liyan filed a complaint about the attack, but the police at first refused to establish a criminal case for the complaint as it was an "administrative act" by the government. Several days later, the police did establish a criminal case, yet only assessed the damages to the company at 4,260 yuan. The complaint states the company has yet to receive compensation for its losses and that the attackers have yet to be penalized.

Zhang and Xu have also attempted to raise the case with higher authorities by petitioning Nantong Municipal Party Secretary Ding Dawei. When they tried to do so, the Gangzha District police retaliated against them. Zhang and Xu have since found refuge in another city. As for Zhang Jingbo, their son, he was made to leave enlisted military service early, over a year and a half before his scheduled term of service.

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