Girl, 3, killed by bulldozer in China land dispute
BEIJING (AFP) - A three-year-old girl was killed by a bulldozer during a land dispute in China, her father told AFP on Thursday, the latest case highlighting the human cost of the country's breakneck urbanisation.
Hong Xiaorou died under the tracks of the construction vehicle on land next to the family home in Zhangzhou, in the south-eastern province of Fujian, said her father Hong Bingsheng.
She was killed as the family tried to block construction crews from "forcibly flattening the land" on Wednesday, Mr Hong said, adding that the workers were planning to target their own property at a later stage.
"I asked an official from the demolition team: 'What is more important - human life or land acquisition?'" Mr Hong told AFP. "The official replied: 'Land acquisition is more important'."