Brazilian beaten by thieves for stopping crime, as dozens of Chinese and 2 chengguan look on

May 8, 2012Jing Gao9 Comments, , , , , ,

From NetEase

As a pickpocket snuck his hands into a woman’s handbag, a Brazilian man intervened to stop the theft. His act riled the thief and his two accomplices, all of whom ganged up to assault him with sticks and leather belts. About two dozens of passersby stood by and watched with folded arms. Two uniformed men patrolling several meters away, who were later found to be chengguan (city management officers), refused to step in. The Brazilian said he was “very disappointed and chilled.”

The head of the chengguan office later said to the media that chengguan have no authority to restrict individual freedom. Therefore, the two chengguan who did not intervene were not at fault.


The good Samaritan from Brazil, identified by the local media as Mozen, has had a dozen stitches in the head. His shoes are stained with blood.

According to local newspapers in Dongguan, Guangdong province, Miss Zhu, on her way to a gym, waited at a crossroads for a green light, when she suddenly heard noises behind her. She turned around to find several men, including a foreigner, getting into a street brawl. As she watched with much interest, onlookers told her that the foreigner was beaten exactly because of her; a thief unzipped her bag and was going to steal from her at the intersection. Many people saw it but kept mum anyway for fear of revenge. The foreigner was the only one that bothered to step in.

The foreigner, apparently outnumbered and overpowered by the thugs, ran into a shopping center to seek refuge, according to Li Liang, a solicitor at the entrance, before they arrived at his heels. One of them cudgeled the foreigner in the head. Another lashed his arms and back with a leather belt. A third one yelled abuse at all onlookers, “F**k off!”

Li Liang witnessed the entire process, which lasted about three minutes. He said there are at least 30 people at the scene, but no one had the nerve to stand up to the thugs. Not until the thieves left did people come to him and ask if he needed help.

The Brazilian, identified by the local media as Mozen, said, “Only by working together and helping one another can we let thieves know that they have to pay a price for committing a crime. But now things have taken the opposite course. Having this experience, I will not and dare not offer my help next time I am in a similar situation.”

Li Liang said that anyone would be afraid if he is to confront the thieves, each one of whom is believed to carry a knife, but if people worked together, the thieves would have been daunted. “Looking back, leaving a foreigner alone to these thieves is really a disgrace on Chinese people. If it happens next time, I will ask my colleagues along to stop them.”

Mr. Wang, who works nearby, disagrees, “When the foreigner was beaten, even the two officers who saw it clearly didn’t stop it. What are we ordinary people expected to do?” Mr. Wang, said that the key to public order lies in the police rather than in ordinary people.

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在沉默中爆发或是灭亡 [网易山东省烟台市网友]:2012-05-05 15:40:16 发表
It seems the lao wai (Chinese slang for foreigners) did not know much about China’s special conditions.

网易浙江省杭州市手机网友 ip:125.118.*.* [手机上163.com看贴回贴]2012-05-05 15:54:21 发表
Never be a good Samaritan, unless you are a lao wai/foreign national.

网易江苏省手机网友 ip:112.4.*.* [手机上163.com看贴回贴]2012-05-05 15:55:31 发表
The country gives its people no sense of security. Dongguan is very chaotic.

夏小阿碗 [网易江苏省网友]:2012-05-05 15:52:08 发表
Most Chinese would stay away from such a situation as far away as possible! Who has the nerve to risk his life fighting against thieves for a stranger!

静静地等待黎明 [网易江西省南昌市网友]:2012-05-05 16:03:30 发表
Pearl River Delta is thugs’ paradise, prostitutes’ kingdom, and a typical cesspit of corruption—it has the economic system of capitalism but not its supervision of the government.

Chinese people always stand by and watch…Very very few of them bother to take up the cudgel.

How can you expect ordinary people to take up the cudgel? Those who are beaten by a thief will have to pay medical bills themselves. Those who are killed by a thief will have to get themselves buried. But if you injure a thief, you will have to pay his medical bills, if you beat a thief to death, you will be jailed. So you cannot even make a noise on seeing a thief, otherwise, if he is frightened enough to fall off and injure himself or even kill himself, you will still be sued.


If anyone on the street that witnesses a theft can offer his help,
Then what can thieves, no matter how many there are, possibly do?
Three and four people cannot subdue even one of them?
If he feigns injury, have him inspected.
Can’t an injury, or lack thereof, be found through inspection?
If he frames you,
Anyone on the street can testify for you,
How can he possibly successfully frame you?

The commenter above has a talent for writing fairy tales. Hope you can keep working on that.

网易广东省广州市天河区手机网友 [江右一布衣] 的原贴:5
Leaving the country is a correct choice.

lpzhang [网易广东省网友]:2012-05-06 20:51:54 发表
Dongguan? No surprise. He is lucky that he still is still alive.

If the police are competent, how can there be thieves?

网易安徽省手机网友 [smartcar2004] 的原贴:3
If there is rule by law, how can there be thieves?

网易中国手机网友 ip:117.136.*.*2012-05-06 19:18:10 发表
If everyone is self-disciplined, how can there be thieves? Of course, that is impossible though.

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9 comments to “Brazilian beaten by thieves for stopping crime, as dozens of Chinese and 2 chengguan look on”

  1. smith | May 8, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    “Li Liang said that anyone would be afraid if he is to confront the thieves”

    Anyone? Bullshit. I would gladly jump in the fight.

    • Blacksoth | May 10, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Cowards always make excuses for themselves.

      If you want a better world, you fight for it. Simple. As long as they whine waiting for someone to save them the living conditions will stay as they are.

      “…chengguan have no authority to restrict individual freedom.” Ha! They do it all the time, they just prefer weak targets.

  2. Ling Lang Long | May 10, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    You Chinese step in and not be afraid of situations like this. In any other country, people would stop this crime from happening. That is what is wrong with this society. People beating other people up and the Chinese just stand on the side watching like a bunch of mindless zombies, not knowing what to do…. how pathetic….don’t be afraid and help the law abiding citizens, and don’t be afraid of some little punk and his friends with knives…. haha

  3. ciola | May 13, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    If the guy was harassing the Chinese girl, probably EVERYONE in the crowds would have jumped and beat him to death out of nationalistic pride.
    But if a foreigner helps a Chinese and gets beaten by thieves, nobody moves a finger.
    China, the best country in the world.

  4. Guilherme | May 14, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    The article didn’t mention that he won a prize for being a good samaritan of about 50k yuans and several officers congratulated him for his actions. He also became a “local celebrity”.

    MinstryofTofu, plese don’t be so biased and look more into the stories you publish.

  5. Sammy | June 2, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    This is a serious case people got her from the beating. Many people are trying to steal nowadays.

  6. Chinese | July 9, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    This is typical of Chinese people. They don’t help anybody and is one of the most unsolidaire country on Earth. In China sometimes I saw people lying half dead in the street with blood in their heads and no one dares to stop offering for help.

  7. Popo | September 24, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    CHina is a weak culture filled with timid, easily oppressed people. They spend all day complaining about “oppression”. The rest of the developed world had its stories of oppression too. What happened to the oppressors? They wound up dead.

    The world is watching and waiting for the Chinese to stop being spineless pussies and fight.

    The Brazilian wrongly assumed that once the fight began, there would be support. Welcome to China, sir.

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