Two people detained in China for allegedly damaging Great Wall with excavator
Two people have been detained in northern China after allegedly damaging a section of the Great Wall with an excavator, according to local authorities.
A 38-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman in Shanxi province were accused of digging through the Great Wall to create a shortcut for their construction work nearby, local police said in a statement.
They allegedly expanded an existing opening in the ancient structure into a wide gap large enough for their excavator to pass through to “save the distance of travel,” according to the statement.
Their excavation caused “irreversible” damage to the integrity and safety of that portion of the wall, the police said.