Photos: Chinese man protesting forced demolition crushed to death by backhoe
A resident in northeast China was brutally killed on May 15 when he tried to stop his home from being razed by the government-employed demolition team. The operator of the heavy equipment also died a horrific death.
Li Baolin and his wife Yu Shuyun had been pig farmers in Saertu District on the outskirts of the city of Daqing, Heilongjiang province. At 3 p.m. on May 15, several men came to their home and commanded a backhoe to demolish the walls in their backyard. They claimed that they were hired by Saertu District’s city management bureau, commonly known as chengguan, to “tear down whatever is there by all means.” Yu Shuyun knelt down to the group of people and begged. Soon after she heard the engine of the backhoe was started, Li Baolin, standing next to Yu Shuyun, was knock down by the dipper and crushed at the waist.
When onlookers yelled at the driver to stop the machine, Liu Jifeng, the driver, poked his head out of the operating room to check around, and soon got his head stuck between the operating room and the slewing arm. He was also killed.
According to Yu Shuyun, she and her husband have been living here for the past 15 years. Their home was a public property that they rented from a work unit under the local commune for industrial and commercial activities. After the commune went bankrupt a couple of years ago, no one bothered to come by and ask about their home, so their family did not move away.
Lin Weiming, the deputy director of Saertu District’s city management and administration bureau, said the entire Daqing city is the midst of an endeavor to bring down all structures that have no proprietors, and that the chengguan force did this “in strict accordance with the city’s spirits.”
Staff at the chengguan bureau also said that they had already persuaded Li Baolin to sign an affidavit that they would demolish their home and relocate all by themselves to minimize their loss, given that they were pig farmers. Yu Shuyun said they did sign the agreement. But Li Baolin still resented it, so he called 12345, the mayor’s hotline, to make the complaint. It just never occurred to the family that not long after Li hung up the phone, the tragedy befell.
Yan Chuanliang, the director of Saertu District’s city management bureau, said, “Whatever machinery accident it was, it took place after we left, it wasn’t during the operation, and we did not employ that equipment.”
Caption: “Not hired by us.”
He said that the heavy equipment was employed by a middleman, and that by the time the accident took place, they had already finished demolition, so it had nothing to do with them.
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不学无术乳名砖家 [网易辽宁省沈阳市网友]：2012-05-21 07:29:01 发表
The driver got his karma really fast!
网易山东省网友 [倒插式观音坐莲] 的原贴：
Even though what went around did come around really fast, those who really should have been punished are still living a good life.
snynixayyh [网易湖南省长沙市网友]：2012-05-22 09:52:26 发表
You are really naïve. You think the driver did it? That driver must have been killed and hung up there to prevent the divulgence of the secret.
网易广东省湛江市网友 ip：218.14.*.*2012-05-21 00:48:35 发表
When can there be an end to such news stories?
网易广东省河源市手机网友 ip：121.14.*.* [手机上163.com看贴回贴]2012-05-21 07:30:01 发表
Why would we be afraid of fighting a war with another country? We have chengguan forces that are tougher than steel!
网易山东省济宁市网友 ip：60.211.*.*2012-05-22 10:16:39 发表
I really wonder how long can such a society struggle! Copper-hearted! (Sounds similar to brokenhearted in Chinese.)
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郭宇宽啊过于宽: I wiped my tears and heaved a long sigh, lamenting how difficult life of people in the Heavenly Kingdom is.
资深神经病V：Our countrymen who cannot be subjugated by force VS. The world’s biggest thugs!
寧靜之城: The reason why forced demolition never stops is the state can take land away from the people as its own and sell it for money. If there is private ownership of land, who the f**k has the gall to use forced demolition?