The newest deadline for Yang Wu to leave and have his house removed is April 10.
This is the third time the local court issued such an order to Mr. Yang, and the two-story house is still standing while Mr. Yang is still staying in the building that has been vacant for more than two years, without running water and electricity.
The court ruled on March 19 that Mr. Yang should allow demolishing of his house by March 22. He did not. The case was then transferred to the court’s execution bureau, which ordered the house be removed by March 29. Yang again ignored the order. On March 30, the court sent him yet another notice, which was supposed to be the ultimatum for him to obey the court’s order. If he failed to do that again, the court will “carry out the demolishing forcibly at an appropriate time,” local officials told the media.
Negotiation is still under way. The crux of the conflict between Yang Wu and the real estate developer is how he should be compensated for his property.
Mr. Yang and his wife Wu Ping have refused to accept more than 2.4 million yuan ($300,000) of cash the developer would pay to them, but asked for an unit of the same position and area as their current property in the new business compound to be built on the same location, which happened to be a major commercial area in the city.
Local officials also said the couple asked for another 5 million yuan for the economic loss they suffered due to the redevelopment, since their house was used as a restaurant before the ground was broken, a condition the developer did not consent.
In recent conversations with journalists, Wu Ping has not insisted on the 5 million money request, only claiming that all she is asking is property on the same spot.
Chongqing officials brief the press
Investigative report by Southern Weekend