According to "Moats dug around Chinese villagers' houses to drive them out," they're now resorting siege tactics to deal with holdout "nail houses" in southern China:
Forced evictions and land disputes are a major cause of social unrest in China, where there are tens of thousands of mass incidents each year.
This week, Chinese internet users weighed in on the unusual tactics being used to force Yangji's remaining families from their homes.
"The property developer is really smart," wrote one micro-blogger.
"The idea of natural moats is shockingly unprecedented. Really clever!"
Actually, the idea of a moat is very precedented. It appears that the situation we're familiar with, where they merely build roads around holdouts, is devolving. What's next, siege engines and cauldrons of boiling oil?