According to Shanghaiist, seven people were arrested this week after hundreds of local residents marched right past the guards watching over the pear farm. They reportedly pulled down the walls around the farm and stole 300,000 yuan, or about $47,000 worth, of fruit from the farm, which is owned by the Dawu Agricultural and Livestock Group.
The company is reportedly maintaining that the villagers stormed the orchard because they wanted free fruit and were not satisfied with the company’s offer to sell fruit at wholesale prices to local residents.
“We offer them wholesale prices when they come, but some of them want more for free," said Sun Dawu, supervisory chairman of the fruit company. "When we refused, conflicts broke out and they called more villagers to break in.”
The villagers refute that statement, saying the orchard pillaging was a revenge attack because the company has been trying to illegally infringing upon residents’ land rights by building livestock facilities on disputed land in the village.