Is haranguing your girlfriend on street corners and subway stations not good enough anymore? Aren’t the glances of passersby witnessing your romantic psychodrama sufficient?
On May 26th in Kunming, a hostage situation occurred at the Chenggong campus of Yunnan Radio & Television University, when Li Jing (李晶) used a knife to hold a second-year female student surnamed Guo (郭) hostage. The two had been arguing over their relationship issues.
During negotiations with the police, Li requested to see local news personality Xiao Cong, host of Kunming’s ‘News Night Center’. Xiao Cong arrived at the scene and spoke to Li, who told the host that he wanted his relationship difficulties broadcast to the media to serve as a ‘warning to others’. Li also said that he had a knife and two bombs strapped to his body, and asked Cong how long it would take for a person to be ‘bled completely dry’. Cong was able to smell blood from the dorm’s hallway.
At one point in their conversation, Li opened the door slightly, before shutting it again upon seeing SWAT team members outside. After Cong spoke with Li for two and a half hours, the SWAT team forcibly entered the 6th-floor dorm through the window. A small pool of blood was seen on the floor, later revealed to be Li’s after the suspect used his own knife to cut his arm. Li was forcibly removed from the dorm, and police found no injuries on the hostage.
Why is it that the lovesick have to involve the police so often in China?
Maybe it’s not such a bad idea for female dorms to ban male visitors, after all.
Photos and information from Yahoo China and Sohu, respectively.
By Fan Huang