April 19th, 2011
07:03 AM GMT
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Hong Kong, China (CNN) – It all began at about 3am. That’s when residents of Hong Kong housing complex Mei Foo Sun Chuen say they first heard the construction trucks arrive and a few of them rushed downstairs to see what was going on.

Resident Hewit Au describes what happened: “I asked the driver what he was doing. Then the driver said, ‘Go away - if not I will run you over.’ So I said, ‘Fine run me over.'

“Then I laid down in front of the truck.”

Au’s late night standoff kicked off a weeks-long stalemate between Mei Foo homeowners and Billion Star Development.

In Hong Kong, Au and his fellow residents have become more than just middle class homeowners with a complaint against a local developer. They have become symbols of growing level of dissatisfaction over skyrocketing property prices and the power wielded by some of the city's richest corporations, the property developers.

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