(Warning: Video shows images of the deceased) Beaten to death at the hands of the universally-despised chengguan (城管), news of a street vendor’s unjust demise in Anshun (安顺), Guizhou has gone viral and sparked rioting throughout the city.
Deng Qiguo, a 52 year-old fruit peddler with one leg and possible mental disability, was beaten to death after arguing with two chengguan officers (chengguan are a government bureau designed to deal with urban law enforcement of specific issues, including forcefully dispersing street vendors and large social gatherings).
Witnesses quickly alerted netizens of the chengguan engaging in manslaughter, which unfortunately has become a semi-regular phenomenon in Chinese cities.
Thousands of Anshun residents poured into the streets after news of the incident spread via social media networks, with stones being thrown and a government vehicle also overturned. Water cannons were eventually used to control the crowd, with 30 civilians and 10 officers suffering injuries as a result of the clash.
The video above shows intense pre-riot milling about on the part of both Anshun residents and the chengguan, who seal off access to Deng’s body.
An autopsy will be conducted to confirm cause of Deng’s death. We’re sure that the findings will conclude that he died from heatstroke, judging by the fact that his body was considerately shaded by an umbrella.
By Fotini Gan