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August 29, 2013

Bulldozer Kills Chinese Girl in Land Dispute

by VOA News

A Chinese girl has been killed by a bulldozer during a land dispute that is sparking online outrage.
 
Four year old Hong Xiaorou was killed Wednesday in southeastern Fujian province as her family tried to stop a construction crew from flattening land next to their property.

​​Images of the girl's body started circulating on Chinese social media shortly after the incident. Local authorities say the death was an accident.
 
Land seizures have become a common source of anger across China, where rapid urbanization has led to many incidents of forcible evictions, with little compensation for those affected.