On November 10, 2010, China’s State Council emphasized that local governments must “resolutely prevent” the flagrant of abuse the wishes of farmers in carrying out large-scale demolition of residential areas (and confiscation of farmland) to make room for high-rises and other building projects. Reckless and irrational development by many local governments in China has exacerbated social tensions and constantly created new points of tension and unrest. In this cartoon, posted by artist Shang Haichun (商海春) to his QQ blog, a local official paints the bright red character for “demolish” on the pouch of a mother kangaroo and she and her baby look on in puzzlement and the baby shouts an unheeded cry of protest.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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