Chinese parapolice kill handicapped street vendor in daylight, use brutal violence against spectators
The violent enforcement took place at 1:43 p.m. on July 26 in Anshui, southwestern Guizhou province. The street vendor who sold fruit was a disabled man hobbling along on a crutch while pulling a cart. Information from MOP and Sina Microblog provided by netizens said the murderers were two men and one woman from a local chengguan squad. Thousands of civilians at the scene exploded in indignation and surrounded the chengguan squad. Then in order for the chengguan to break out of the encirclement, riot police arrived with shields, tear gas and water cannon to suppress the protesters. Even gun shots were heard, according to a microblogger. Several civilians were brutally injured during the clash with the police, at least three, judging by all pictures available on the web, with much blood on their faces due to blows to their heads. (Please scroll down to watch the Youtube video that shows civilians fall victim to aggravated battery committed by the riot police/parapolice.)
Chinese media later confirmed the event, even though most news leads have used a cut-and-dried template, “Guizhou provincial government and party committee take great notice of it, order a swift investigation, handling with strict adherence to the law, and maintenance of social stability.”
Chengguan, China’s parapolice in charge of urban street management, often go into conflict with street vendors and resort to brutal violence against unarmed civilians. Ministry of Tofu has had a number of stories on how chengguan are widely hated by ordinary Chinese for abuse of power that borders on criminal activities.
Below are two videos posted onto the web by spectators that faithfully reflect the clash between the police and civilians while the street vendor’s dead body was still lying on the ground. In the first video, from 00:17 to 00:25, the street vendor’s body can be seen shaded with three parasols. In the second video, two civilians have blood all over faces, one woman have sustained injury on her right leg.