On the morning of July 23, in reaction to a dispute over the ownership of a local fish pond, villagers near Foshan, Guangdong arrived at the local fish market carrying weapons, planning to “teach a lesson” to the head of the fish market. When police arrived to investigate, the villagers attacked and overturned the police vehicle. They then tied the officers to the overturned vehicle, and began pouring gasoline around them!
The police were tied up for so long, they began to pass out. When a rescue team and local hospital staff tried to help them, the villagers held them back and tried to set the car on fire. Police and firefighters came to their rescue in time to save them, and the three officers were rushed to the hospital.
It’s unclear why the police were attacked over a local dispute between fishermen, and whether the villagers were holding them hostage or simply venting their rage. Either way, this is yet another manifestation of the power of pent up frustration over property rights.
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