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Chinese Bailiffs Accused Of Beating Pregnant Protester

Chinese Bailiffs Accused Of Beating Pregnant Protester

Demolition bailiffs have been accused of beating an eight-months pregnant woman senseless in the struggle to stop an apartment block in China being knocked down.

The woman - identified locally as Genji Hsueh - was apparently floored in a violent struggle with uniformed officials in Zhumadian, a city in southern China's Henan province.

Shocking video footage of the conflict show Hsueh, 29, clutching her stomach while an official's white helmet, apparently lost in the struggle, lies beside her.

Later in the footage resident Wei Guo-qiang - who had led opposition to the demolition team - is seen sprawled unconscious on the ground with blood pouring from a wound in his forehead.

The conflict came when developers moved in on an apartment block that they say is holding back an approved project for luxury offices, shops and homes.

Earlier Wei is been being viciously beaten and kicked by bailiffs and officials from the local urban management bureau as he tried to persuade them to leave.

China has seen hundreds of violent conflicts between residents and developers, who stand to make tens of millions of pounds from slum city neighbourhoods that are now worth a fortune.

"The struggle in Henan is typical of what is going on in China today. Ordinary people and poor people are being pushed out of the way to make way for luxury developments," said one online commentator.

"There is no point in appealing to political leaders because they will be the ones making the most money by agreeing to release the land to developers," they added.

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