Chengguan local officials allegelly beats street vendor to death in China’s Hunan Province; reporters mauled by police for vendor’s death coverage

Chengguan allegelly beats street vendor to death in Hunan Province

2013-07-18 00:38:09 GMT2013-07-18 08:38:09(Beijing Time)  SINA English

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Several urban management officials, more popularly known as Chengguan in China, were accused of beating a street vendor to death in Chenzhou city, South China’s Hunan Province, according to a Weibo blast on Wednesday. The blast said the husband of a couple, who sold watermelon near a bridge, died after he had a dispute with the Chengguan. Witness said the husband was beaten in the head by an iron weight during the brawl. The families of the victim fought against the government officials who planned to loot the vendor’s corpse, which attracted crowd of onlookers. “The government dispatched over 200 armed police and finally snatched the corpse,” a reporter with CCTV revealed on his Sina Weibo.

Reporters mauled by police for vendor’s death coverage

2013-07-18 07:36:04 GMT2013-07-18 15:36:04(Beijing Time)  SINA English

By Jia Xiaoguang, Sina English

Two reporters of a local TV station in southern Hunan Province were violently assaulted by a handful of policemen when they were doing an on-scene report of the death of the watermelon dealer in Hunan’s Linwu county last night. Li Haitao and Lei Kai, two reporters of Huanan Economic TV Station, arrived at the site where a street vendor selling watermelon was beaten to death during a brawl with several chengguan, or urban law enforcement officials yesterday morning, at around 23 o’clock last night. On seeing them, about five or six policemen who were carrying out mission there soon walked towards them, yelling “No filming here! You’re dead men if you dare to film.” According to Li’s description, he then stayed in their news van while Lei got off and prepared for the report. Lei was beaten up fiercely by the charging policemen, who quickly closed in on them, thrusting wooden clubs into the van window and hitting Li in the head. Injuries of varying degrees were found on their heads, shoulders and backs after the atrocity, while Lei’s mobile phone was also taken away during their fight. They are currently writing news report in a local hotel.

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