A four-year-old was killed after being run over by a bulldozer in Fujian last week, and has added to the—already potent—anger that many harbor against China’s strong-armed land grab policies. The girl was killed when her grandmother attempted to stop a bulldozer from entering their land; the driver switched into reverse to avoid the grandmother, accidentally running over Hong Xiaorou who was playing behind the vehicle.
To literally add insult to injury, local officials have been extraordinarily crass regarding the girl’s case, as South China Morning Post reports:
I asked an official from the demolition team: ‘What is more important – human life or land acquisition?'” Hong [the father] said. “The official replied: ‘Land acquisition is more important.'” […]
The family had been negotiating the amount of compensation for the acquisition of their land, Hong said. “We live in the developing zone and they wanted to acquire our land. We haven’t settled on a compensation agreement, and they killed my daughter with a bulldozer,” he said.
Local officials and police denied the family home was being targeted by developers.
“There’s no demolition. Yes, the girl died. But she was accidently killed by the bulldozer when they were flattening the [adjacent] land as she sneaked into the building site and played there,” said an official at the Zhangpu district office, declining to give her name.
A police officer said: “The developer was flattening the land and the family of this girl were afraid their land was going to be affected because they are next door.”