Police in China arrested two workers after they breached a section of the Great Wall of China to open a road and create a shortcut that would allow them to cut travel time.
Everything was recorded in Shanxi Province, where authorities received reports that heavy machinery had been brought to the wall.
As they followed the trail of the road, they found a large gap in the Great Wall of China, built hundreds of years ago by Chinese emperors to prevent foreign invaders from entering.
The officers managed to arrest a man and a woman who confessed to using an excavator to tear down the wall in a section called “32”; This refers to Monitoring Post 32 in Youyu County.
According to official reports, these people, surnamed Zheng and Wang, will face police charges.
“The two suspects were arrested in accordance with the law and the case is currently under investigation,” CCTV, the country’s official broadcaster, reported.
“Irreversible” damage to the Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
This surprising structure stretches some 21,196 kilometers and was built over thousands of years between the 5th century B.C. and the 16th century. However, it was the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) that established its final and most extensive period.
This fortress is the most gigantic work of engineering and architecture ever for mankind; for the way this structure was built over thousands of miles using stone, brick, clay and other materials.
Authorities have not explained what punishments the 55-year-old woman and 37-year-old man who broke through the Great Wall of China face; but the truth is that they have caused “irreversible damage.”