Photography byThomas Peter. Reporting bySue Lin Wong.
Working in the shadow of Beijing's looming skyscrapers, Yin Xueqiang (below) weighs a pile of cardboard and old shoe rack in a dusty scrapyard, the latest casualty of a crackdown on migrant workers in China's capital.
Last week, security guards blocked the road used by Yin and his fellow scrap collectors took to enter the yard. Signs posted by local authorities earlier this month had given the collectors ten days to leave.