A man and his wife in Henan Province were kidnapped in the middle of the night on August 8, and taken to a remote cemetery in an unlicensed van, while developers reduced their four-story house to rubble.
The incident happened in Xinzheng City, when over 10 strangers broke into the couple’s home while they were asleep, and took them away without letting them get dressed.
They were kept at a remote cemetery for four hours, and by the time they could return, their house had been knocked to the ground, and all their possessions smashed.
Netizens responded to the news in outrage, but local authorities said the house had been built without permission, and over 100 families in the area had been asked to move in 2012 to make way for a subway.
Forced evictions are common in China as local officials can make money by giving residents minimal compensation, and selling it to developers for a profit.