China's Largest Ecovillage is facing...

China's Largest Ecovillage is facing Forced Disbandment from Local Government!

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#1 Dec 3, 2013
China's largest ecovillage is facing forced disbandment from local government of Yunnan China. This community has 150 permanent members including 14 children and 16 seniors living in three branches of Yunnan, China.

Below words are written by Robert H, representative of GEN (global ecovillage network http://gen.ecovillage.org/ )and Conglong celestial of the community

It is of global significance that China, the world's most populated country, has a vibrant and expanding ecovillage movement. That Chinese citizens are voluntarily seeking more sustainable ways of living is of importance for all mankind. However, the Second Home of Lifechanyuan, the largest ecovillage in China, is now under threat. Local provincial government is trying to disband this successful and harmonious community within the next 3-4 months.

The Second Home Ecovillage was established in May 2009. This ecovillage has three branches located in Yunnan Province, with 150 permanent members in total. There have been guests from 15 countries visiting them in the past three years, which has proven to be open and well-organized. It is also an active member of Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). The Second Home is a very rare
example in China of an ecovillage community that practices a fully communal way of living.

In March 2013, the third branch located at Chuxiong was verbally notified that the local Village Committee that government had decided an alternative use of the land which they occupy. But because no written government documents nor notices were shown and the compensation offered to the community was too small to cover the funds people spent on the project, they refused to move. In April, vandals cut off the road and power lines to community and torn down the main gate. In November, local government officials even contacted the families of community members and told them that the founder of the community, Xuefeng, is “a big cheater”, and threatened families who work for the government that they would lose their jobs if they do not take their relatives back out of the community immediately. The local government representatives tried all means to persuade the community members to leave by threats and intimidation. Forty members were moved out from the place and transferred to the other two branches on November 19 under high pressure. On November 30, the branch located at Lincang city was notified that all people must move out from the property within ten days. And one female member was treated violently when she was taking pictures of vandals who forced their way into the community. The other branch in Anning city also received the similar notice.

The example of sustainable communal living without focus on material wealth is considered a threat by some rather than the hope it in fact is. The existence and growth of the Chinese ecovillage movement gives the hope that all humans can live in harmony on the Earth. But now, this community which many people have put their whole hearts and souls into for four years is facing the crisis of forced closure by the local Chinese government. And it is now calling for urgent international help, and a petition has been set up on AVAAZ by GEN.(Check the following link)

Petition on AVAAZ
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Chinese_...

Full story of the Second Home event
http://lifechanyuan.org/bbs/forum.php...

more details please visit:
www.newoasislife.org

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#2 Dec 3, 2013
Some links on this issue:

Our Sister was Hurt and Children were Frightened by a Group of Unknown people This Morning!(4th branch)
http://lifechanyuan.org/bbs/forum.php...

Water Pipe and Power Cables Were Destroyed Intentionally by Someone Unknown (4th branch)
http://lifechanyuan.org/bbs/forum.php...

Who will Help us Drive away the Invasion of Power and Barbarism
http://lifechanyuan.org/bbs/forum.php...

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#3 Dec 3, 2013
The Full Story of the Second Home Event
June 13, 2012 The Public Security Bureau from Chuxiong city conducted a sudden investigation of the 3rd branch without notice. They claimed that they had received reports of illegal activities taking place within the community.
A pair of police officers interviewed each member and asked many questions, including the community founder’s name, the member’s home address and national identification number, how the community finances itself, the level of freedom that community members enjoy, our spiritual values, how children are educated, and the like.
They also checked every one’s room and the data in the personal computer. The police officers used three video cameras to record the entire investigation.
June 15, 2012 The Public Security Bureau informed our community founder Xuefeng, that the investigation was a legal process and that all members of the 3rd branch were free. They also asked for our support in any future investigations.
Mar 6, 2013 We were notified by local Village Committee that the government was going to reclaim the land that the 3rd branch occupied because the local villagers had insufficient land on which to live, but no formal written notice was presented.
Founder Xuefeng then wrote to the committee, explaining that as long as everything was being done through the legal process, we would be ready to support any decisions of the government.
Mar-April 2013 There were a few negotiations between the community and village representatives, but no agreement was met. We bought the property at the price of 540,000 RMB. According to the contract terms, if any party breaks the contract, the other party would receive compensation equal to ten times the contract value, also counting in the investment that was put on renovation and new buildings, we asked for a total compensation of only 5,000,000 RMB. But the village representatives did not agree and also said we can take new buildings and roads with us.
Apr 25, 2013 The road leading to the 3rd branch was vandalized, and power and network cables were cut.
May 17, 2013 The wall of gate was pull down.
Note: During the last six months, we have reported the above incident to local police station. They came and investigated the case, but gave us no feedback and took no action to satisfy our complaints.
Nov 05, 2013 A group of people claiming to represent the Village Committee and other government bureaus, but without proper identification, came to the 3rd branch and called Xuefeng to tell him come to a meeting in Chuxiong city immediately.
On the same day, they informed us that our important guest Michiyo, the president of GEN Asia and Oceania should not visit the 3rd branch.
Nov 06 -07, 2013 Xuefeng met with local village representatives who claimed that the lease contract signed between our landlord and us was invalid and that they wanted to reclaim the land. No photo or video recording were allowed during the meeting. After the meeting, they disassembled the gate to the 3rd branch and took it away.
Nov 08, 2013 In order to avoid any possible physical harm to community members, we decided to give up the property of the 3rd branch and agreed that we would move out before November 23. Government and village representatives then announced that the lease contract was cancelled immediately and that we would not be given any compensation. They also required all residents to go home and that they not go to the other branches.
Nov 09, 2013 A bus was sent to the 3rd branch by police and they contacted the families of community members and told them that Xuefeng is a big cheater and that the families should take their relatives back home immediately. They also told people that they were coming to save them.
On the same day, We decided that Lifechanyuan will apply non-violent noncooperation when facing representatives from any government departments.

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#4 Dec 3, 2013
Nov 19, 2013
Forty members safely withdrew from the 3rd Branch and were transferred to the other two branches.
Nov 27, 2013
the 1st branch: Local police officers came to the 1st branch located at Anning city to inquiry and ask some question. We had been informed by all landlords that they want to terminate the contract. One mentioned that it was not her intention but she was under high pressure.
Nov 28, 2013
the 4th branch: Seven representatives from local Village Committee and local government came to the 4th branch located in Lincang city and said that local villagers want to reclaim the land and therefore the lease contract is legally invalid. The landlord said that this was out of his control.
Nov 30, 2013
The 4th branch: About forty people with the support of local Village Committee and some government departments came to the gate of the 4th branch in the morning. One community member requested them to show their ID. They refused and claimed,“We are local villagers, and it is unnecessary to show you our ID. If you do not open the gate, I’m going to kick it and come in”. And then, he pushed and kicked the gate open. Someone pushed down a sister who was taking pictures and tried to grab the camera from her by force; her head were hurt and one arm was bleeding because of scratch. Another sister tried to help her but was held back by two strong men. Terrified children all broke into tears.
Many community members came to the scene and after some quarrels between two parties, those people decided to leave.“You people must leave the place within 10 days”, this was their last notice.
They did not go far away, we still saw six or seven vehicles staying on the road nearby our home.Then we called the local police, around 2:00 PM four policemen came and investigated the whole event.
About 4:00 PM in the afternoon, we found the water pipe had been cut and destroyed.
The 1st branch: One landlord called again and told us that he need to take the land back and we
must leave because this was the government’s order and it was out of his control.
December 1, 2013
Around 10:30 AM, the electricity was cut off intentionally by someone unknown. Now we do not have electricity.
December 02, 2013
The 4th branch: This morning, our people went out to fix the water pipe which had been intentionally destroyed by someone yesterday. At around 10:00AM, we found that the water flow was very weak, but when we went to check the pipe again, we noticed that they had destroyed another section of pipe ten meters away from the first one we had fixed. They also cut a third pipe which transports our main water source.
At around 1:30 in the afternoon, more than 10 people riding motorcycles came. They stopped outside the gate and kicked our asbestos fence down. Later on, they went to damage the water pipe that we had just fixed this morning.
As they left, six people tried to threaten us by shouting very loudly and viciously.
At about 11:30 at night, a few people came and threw stones at asbestos fence and shouted loudly again; and some part of the fence were destroyed. Some members were awaken by the noise and did not have a good sleep the whole night.
The 1st branch: About 16 people came to one residential place of the 1st branch at 10:00AM, some wearing police uniforms and some in casual clothes. They said they came for helping some of us getting temporary residence permit in Yunnan Province. Three people walked around the property and took pictures. The branch manager also took pictures but was stopped by a few police officers who behave furiously, who later deleted the pictures by force.

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#5 Dec 3, 2013
Dec 03, 2013
Three government representatives came to the 1st branch and told us that because we did not register under Department of City Affairs, our form of collective living is called illegal assembly, therefore our community will be disbanded. We were also asked to give them the feedback regarding the amount of compensation we expected to get in two to three days. They also mentioned that the only reason they do this is they were under high pressure.

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#6 Dec 8, 2013
Dec 05, 2013

The 4th branch: At around 13:15 PM, the bandits from the village came to our community again!Around 20 people stopped their van 100 meters away from our gate. Some of them came and stood viciously in front of the gate. They kicked our gate violently and shouted at us, threatening us that “10 days” deadline is very close and we must leave soon. We fought back verbally and refused to open the gate. Other four to five people stood outside on the road, throwing big stones onto our fence; those stones broke the fence and fell down into our home. Our solar water heater was damaged by the stones severely too and it does not function any more.

At around 12:00 am, some people came again and threw small stones towards our community and shouted loudly, they left very quickly.

The 1st branch: Representatives from local Village Committee came and claimed that the government wanted to take the land back. And we asked them to show us the relevant documents and told them that as long as central government do not say that we are an “illegal organization”, we will not move out.

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#7 Dec 8, 2013
Dec 7,2013
This morning around 10:30 am, several agents from the Lincang Forestry Public Security Bureau (临沧& #24066;森&#26519 ;公安& #23616;) came to issue a notice to us, which says that our forty-nine standalone homes are illegal buildings because we had not applied for building permits, and that we had changed the purpose of some of this forestry land. According to Chinese Forestry Law, we will face fines of ¥168,012 and that we need to restore the property to its original condition within two months. The notice also says that we have the legal right to apply for a hearing, but if we do not do this within three days, we will be surrendering this right.
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE

Richmond, Canada

#8 Dec 9, 2013
well I hope you win your fight

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#9 Dec 26, 2013
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE wrote:
well I hope you win your fight
Thank you dear.

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