Shanghai Tenant and Victim of Demolition Evicted After Posting Anti-CCP Content

By Frank Yue
Frank Yue
Frank Yue
Frank Yue is a Canada-based journalist for The Epoch Times who covers China-related news. He also holds an M.A. in English language and literature from Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China.
September 13, 2021 Updated: September 13, 2021

A Chinese tenant was forcibly evicted by his landlord—who confessed to being pressured by local authorities—over an anti-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) post on social media.

The retiree, named Dai Zhongyao, wrote “Given the Chinese communist regime is a member state of the U.N. Human Rights Council, I urge the People’s Republic of China to quit the U.N.” Afterward, officers from Sichuan Road Police Station pressured his landlord to evict him, Dai told The Epoch Times.

Dai lived in Hongkou District, in China’s metropolitan Shanghai. He said his landlord acted under duress from local officials. The CCP had previously demolished his property and did not provide appropriate compensation. He further accused Shanghai authorities of an inhumane resettlement policy that has made him a victim of forced demolition for 20 years.

Dai cited an official publication from 1997, which states that a single person whose property was demolished for redevelopment could gain in return 108 square feet of building area and approximately $3,718 in compensation. Two weeks before his property was demolished, officials published new rules for better compensation on demolished property. However, local authorities applied the earlier document to Dai’s property, which was leveled on Nov. 14, 2001.

Dai’s grievances stem from saying he deserves the better policy. He said the policy is against human survival, saying that it “creates distress in families.”

“My life’s withering away,” Dai also wrote in the post which led to his eviction.

He cited three complaints he made to an official CCP hotline, to which he has received no response. Dai said the government should have protected his right of residence, found him a place to live, and explain their “anti-human relocation policy,” as he described it.

For years, he has filed lawsuits against the demolition company involved for misuse of official paper with three local courts. However, all of the courts dismissed his applications.

The Epoch Times reached out to the landlord to verify the eviction. The landlord hesitated to speak on much of the incident but confirmed that the village committee wanted to “drive him [Dai] off,” not the landlord.

Before living with the landlord, Dai had stayed in an emergency shelter for years until he was evicted last year.

The now homeless retiree said the Shanghai authorities are to blame for his current hardships.

Li Xi contributed to this report.

Frank Yue
Frank Yue is a Canada-based journalist for The Epoch Times who covers China-related news. He also holds an M.A. in English language and literature from Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China.