“Give us our home back!”

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“Illegal forced demolition; Give back our home” 非法强拆 家园
This rubble marks the last undeveloped plot in that particular city block. The protest banner faces the canal that used to hold Qingdao’s biggest traditional market, which has now been cleared off and is nearly finished its transformation into a riverwalk.

When we first moved to this area four years ago, we saw a couple kilometers’ worth of traditional buildings and neighbourhoods straddling and a massive, unregulated openair market. But from a birds’ eye view you’d see it as an island of Chinese blue collar chaos in a sea of rapid urban consumer-class development — on all sides glitzy malls, expensive apartment complexes, and subway station construction rumbled on incessantly. As fun as it was to live close-to-but-not-in that old school area, we guessed that it’d mostly be gone in five years’ time.

Black on white is the usual protest banner colour scheme (white on black ribbons are for funerals, red on white banners are for government propaganda, and advertising usually uses white or yellow on red).

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  1. oh no!!! That is so sad for those people…and…us. Living here in Xi’an now, I see miles and miles of villages that were destroyed for huge buildings or now, vacant lots. They are making a huge mistake for the people and potential tourists and for history. I thought(hopefully) they would leave the market there alone.

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