A man threatened to jump off of a 12-meter tall oil tank in Yulin, Shaanxi province on April 16 in a drastic bid to reclaim the money he was owed for a construction project.
Local authorities swiftly came to the scene followed by groups of fire fighters. They attempted to persuade the unidentified man to come down on his own, but he was highly emotional and refused to negotiate.
Workers discovered that there was another passage connecting to the oil tank tower. Police continued talking to the man from below to distract him, while other rescuers quietly climbed up the tower and grabbed him from behind.
The man struggled and resisted as police attempted to get him down, and they decided that the safest way to do it would be to tie him up in a rope.
It’s unclear if any negotiation was settled with his employer regarding the wages.
Mistreated laborers in China will often go to extreme lengths to draw attention to their cause. In February, hundreds of migrant workers in Anhui province blocked off roads during a protest to demand their unpaid salaries. Last year, a dozen or so workers climbed onto the roof of a building and threatened to jump off unless their boss paid them over 300,000 yuan in wages they were owed.
By Tanto Chen
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