Farmer Yang Youde, 56 of Wuhan in China’s Hubei province use an ingenious way to defend his land from being taken by the government.
Since February, he had successfully ward off Chinese government attempts to evict him by firing home made cannon towards the demolition crews, China daily reported.
Igniting the cannon however didn’t come cheap. He has to buy US$300 worth of fireworks arsenal.
“I shot only over the heads to frighten them,” Yang said in an interview.
“I didn’t want to cause any injuries.
In the early 1990s Yang signed a contract that entitles him to the disputed land through 2029, according to reports.
However, all neighboring farmland has recently been requisitioned for a government project that includes the construction of several buildings.
Local authorities say that Yang was offered 130,000 yuan ($19,000) for his land. But Yang, citing government legislature on compensation for land use, is demanding nearly five times that amount.
“I’m a farmer,” he said. “My whole life depends on farming. If I surrender, I have nowhere to go.”