Farmer Killed for Protesting Land Acquisition
Heze, Shandong— China Aid is reporting a government employee in China’s coastal Shandong province used a front loader to maul a farmer protesting the forced acquisition of his land on Sunday morning, resulting in his death.
According to China Aid and their sources on the ground and through social media the government forcibly seized the farmer’s property and dispatched a team to build a road across it. In an attempt to stop the construction, the landowner stood before a front loader, which plowed over him and killed him, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Officially, the state claims the death was caused by a faulty operation of machine and says it is investigating the situation, but witnesses allege that it was intentional.
China Aid compared the situation to that of March 7, 2014, when a government-hired demolition team beat and trampled on protesters.
Peng Shengbin, a local resident facing forced relocation, told China Aid that the demolition team kidnapped his wife on March 22, 2014: “They kicked her and beat her. My wife kowtowed to them, saying ‘Don’t kill me! We don’t have any money!’ They grabbed her hair and shoved her against the car. Afterwards, they abducted my wife and took her to a hotel.”
No government institution answered his repeated complaints and appeals.
(China Aid exposes abuses, such as those suffered by protesters in Shandong, in order to promote human rights in China.)