2 Died in Forced Demolition in Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province

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A demolisher and the house owner died during a forced house demolition in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. Local residents tell NTD reporter they feel helpless against these ongoing demolitions by local authorities. This is the third fatal incident for this month.

On Tuesday, two people were killed in a forced house demolition to a pig farm. This happened in Saertu district in the city of Daqing in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.

One of the deceased is the house owner, Li Baolin. The other is the demolisher who was using an excavator.

According to a neighbor, Li's wife ran out of the house after the excavator destroyed part of a wall. She knelt on the ground and begged the demolisher to give her two more days to move out.

But, the demolisher didn't stop—saying the city management department asked him to do so and so he must do it.

Then Li came out and physically tried to stop the demolition. The excavator's bucket struck his back and crushed him against the excavator's body.

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Both men were killed.

NTD reporter called the local community office but the officer refused to give any details.

[Officer, Saertu District Neighborhood Office]:
"I have no comment on this (demolition event). You just wait for our managers to come back."

Another officer from Daqing City Management Department also offers no details.

[Officer of Daqing City Management Department]:
"As long as City Management gets more details or new information, we will ask media to report on it."

Daqing city government described the latest incident as a general production safety accident—due to the excavator driver's error.

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Several deaths from forced house demolitions had happened. Earlier this month, two house owners committed suicide in Guangzhou and Hunan Provinces.

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