This little incident speaks volumes about Beijing locals and their misplaced sense of self-esteem. At 11:30am today, a man brandished a knife and threatened his own life near the intersection of Zhongguancun Street (中关村大街) and Haidian South Road (海淀南路) in Beijing’s Haidian district (海淀区). Stopping traffic in the process of his solipsistic attention-seeking hostage situation, the man was eventually wrestled to the ground by SWAT team members after being distracted by journalists, with traffic then resuming to its regularly scheduled programming.
We find the brusqueness of the authorities in handling the situation a little much, but far from unusual. Sneak attacks from behind must be included in a police training manual somewhere.
Seriously guy, there’s better ways to alert the public to the existential crisis you’re going through. Even normally civilzed people will start yelling at you to go ahead and get it over with if you mess with their daily commute.