Unable to get an old farmer and his wife to abandon their home through conventional means, developers used an excavator to dig a 1-meter wide, 1.5-meter deep trench, around their troublesome home. Maybe they’ll take the hint now.
52-year-old Yin Yangju and her husband Xiao Ming say that they have lived at the house in a village outside of Wuhan for the past three decades. In recent years, a developer has been trying to acquire their land and demolish the house; however, the compensation offered is too low, so the two old farmers haven’t signed an agreement.
Apparently, frustrated by the couple’s stubborness, an unidentifed man drove an excavator to their property on Saturday afternoon and dug up the massive ditch. The trench is so deep that it makes it difficult for the couple to leave their own home.
Responding to queries from local reporters, the village committee director said that he had just taken office and didn’t know who had dug the trench.
With the help of the local government, developers have already demolished 545 homes in the area and only 4 homes remain. However, those residents left say that there is still a big gap between the expected value of their homes and the compensation being offered.
Personally, we think that the couple could use this underhanded move to their advantage by filling in a moat to keep them away from greedy developers.
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