BEIJING - The Chinese government has punished 57 officials involved in forced demolitions eleven that led to the death of residents.
These demolitions have occurred after the new regulations prohibiting local governments to use force to demolish residential buildings came into force, according to a statement jointly issued Sunday by the Ministry of Supervision and three other government departments.
Of the eleven cases of demolition, six were illegally made and five were conducted with the use of "violent means," the statement said.
The statement also provides details on the deaths of residents during the demolition.
Liu Shuxiang, a resident of the city of Changchun in Jilin province (northeast) aged 48, was buried under the rubble and died from asphyxiation March 26, during the demolition of his home conducted by several hundred employees of a real estate company charged by the government of the renovation of housing.
Liu and his 180 neighbors living in a rundown, had refused to move and receive compensation.
The Ministry of Supervision ordered the mayor of Changchun to publicly apologize to the people involved and those responsible have been sacked or disciplined by the administrative departments and Party discipline.
The land expropriation and demolition directly affect the interests of the population and affect social stability, the statement said.
"Local governments at all levels must firmly prohibit illegal forced demolitions and protect the legitimate interests of the people," the statement concluded.