A resident in northeast China was crushed 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.
Driver also crushed after looking outside window