[caption id="attachment_194926" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this April 11, 2016 photo, a man walks past a worker smoking on a bulldozer parked by a construction site at the Central Business District in Beijing.
Two members of a Chinese demolition team buried a church leader and his wife alive when the couple tried to stop the bulldozing of their church. Though the church leader managed to escape, his wife suffocated to death before she could be freed.
Li Jiangong and his wife Ding Cuimei stood in front of the bulldozer in a last-ditch protest. A government-backed firm had ordered the demolition of the small church they ran in Zhumadian, in eastern China’s Henan province, on April 14. In the end, the workmen simply ran over the couple, burying them in a deep pit. Li somehow managed to dig himself out, according to the religious-advocacy group China Aid, but Ding suffocated in the dark earth.
“Bulldozing and burying alive Ding Cuimei, a peaceful and devout Christian woman, was a cruel, murderous act,” said China Aid president Bob Fu in a statement. “This case is a serious violation of the rights to life, religious freedom and rule of law.”