Activist survives attack by gangsters

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 August, 2007, 12:00am

A mainland activist severely injured by gangsters last month said his campaign for property rights meant that he had to face the risk of death.

Li Yingqiu was severely wounded at the entrance to a residential community on the morning of July 30.

He was on his way to attend a court hearing relating to more than 50 property owners and a real estate company, the Hong Kong developer of his residential community.

Three gangsters chopped his neck, left leg, left hand and right shoulder. Doctors told him that he was unconscious for more than three hours because he lost 25 per cent of his blood. 'I would have been dead if [the carotid artery] was cut,' Mr Li said.