A police crackdown on touts harrassing and even attacking foreigners on Qipu Road has led to the arrest of five men, reports Shanghai Daily:
The five men were caught after Shanghai Daily reported on Thursday that Steven Bateman, an expat from England, and his wife encountered an “unprovoked physical attack” by two vendors who tailed them at the Qipu Road market on July 1.
According to Bateman, the two vendors followed the couple for about 30 minutes trying to persuade them to buy cheap and fake “Armani” jeans on the afternoon of July 1. The couple ignored them but the two vendors assaulted them in a shady place at the shopping mall.
Bateman told Shanghai Daily that he rushed to the police station in the morning to check on the suspects’ photos, but the two attackers were not among the five suspects.
“But still I’m very glad that the police are taking action to seize those vendors, as we learned from security guards and passers-by around the street that we are not the only foreign victims beaten by them,” said Bateman.
Police said they would tighten up vigilance of the unlicensed fake good vendors to insure customers’ safety on Qipu Road.
But police also said they could not be seriously punished under Chinese law if victims aren’t seriously injured.