孙国相拆迁 (Sun Guoxiang, demolition and relocation / Sūn Guóxiāng chāiqiān). Sun Guoxiang is the current Municipal Party Committee Secretary (de facto mayor) of Panjin, a city in Liaoning Province. He is not to be confused with the Chinese consulate general to the U.S. in NY with the same English name.
Sun was responsible for the decision to demolish numerous shantytowns in Liaoning Province in 2005. He writes about his experiences in in the book Good Governance in China - A Way Toward Social Harmony: “Demolition is always seen as ‘the most difficult issue.’ Some residents did not understand the policies; some asked for increased compensation; some did not have house ownership… The Committee of the Party and the government of Liaoning not only made the demolition policies to protect the public wealth, but also to provide a practical solution to the problem.” Obviously, those whose homes were destroyed and land was taken did not agree with his solution.
His name 孙国相 is blocked on Weibo but 拆迁, a verb meaning “to demolish old buildings and relocate the inhabitants” is not blocked.
In a break from our usual series of highlighting words blocked from searching on Weibo, for the next two days I’ll be looking more deeply at the keywords on chat messenger app LINE’s “bad words” list. For more about this series, see this introductory post.