Incidents of land seizures and local authorities forcibly evicting people from their homes to make way for new development and urbanization projects, particularly in rural areas, have become a massive problem in China.
It is a disturbing thing, to be forced out of your own house just because the government wants to tear it down and build something else in its place. Although residents are offered some compensation for their misery, it is rarely enough to match the cost of the house.
A family of seven in Hanzhong, northwest China, became the latest victims of this terrifying crisis after a demolition team brutally dragged them out of the house, beat them up and bound them with zip ties and duct tapes, according to DW News.
The family was thrown out on the street as the authorities demolished their house right in front of their eyes. An eyewitness said several people holding clubs stood surrounding the injured.
The video of the incident, though unverfied, spread like fire on the Chinese social media.
The local government reportedly placed the house under a demolition plan for the area and had proposed some compensation money to the family. However, the family refused their offer, as they were not happy with it.
“The men dragged my family members out of the house and threw them onto the ground. They beat them and smashed their phones as well,” said the family’s son-in-law, only identified by his last name, Li.
Police arrived on the scene after almost an hour. The family members were sent to the hospital, where doctors reportedly revealed one had a broken rib, while others suffered soft tissue injuries.
Police arrested four members of the demolition team.
The government reportedly offered the affected family four furnished apartments and 96,000 yuan ($14,110), but the family requested five houses with a shop front, four affordable homes, four car parking spaces and 1,200,000 yuan ($176,384) in compensation, said a city official according to the DW News.