Shen Jianzhong. Image credit: World Record Association
When a group of hired thugs were sent to evict a family from their property in Bazhou, Hebei Province, they didn’t expect any difficulty, there were 30 of them after all. They didn’t count on Shen Jianzhong however.
Shen, a Kung Fu expert and Bruce Lee fan, put his skills into action, knocking out or otherwise incapacitating seven of the men before their colleagues had the sense to flee.
This video, shot by Shen, which has accrued over 2 million hits, show’s the aftermath of the attempted eviction.
Malcolm Moore at the Telegraph interviewed Shen about the incident:
“This mob of thugs would block the street most days. They would pick on the women, threatening to kill their kids. Then people started tossing bricks through windows and letting off fireworks at night. Some people got beaten on the street.”
On October 29, as Mr Shen went to work and his wife popped out for a packet of instant noodles, a mob of “30 to 50 men” materialised at their front door.
“My wife tried to close the door, but they pushed it back and she tripped over. That is how the fight started,” said Mr Shen.
With a flurry of kicks and punches, he and his 18-year-old son, a fellow kung fu devotee, set about the attackers, rendering seven of them near unconscious in the hallway.
“It was self defence. I really cannot remember what kung fu skills I used. […] It was quite messy. Only seven people were injured because the rest were scared and stayed outside. Some of them ran away,” he said.
The local police were, inevitably, no help at all, blaming the Shen family for trying to resist eviction and threatening to arrest them for assault on the men who had invaded their home. After the family fled to Beijing, Shen’s son was arrested.
“I do not regret the fight, but I am worried about my son,” said Mr Shen.
“I think they are trying to fit up him up with some crime. I am concerned that my actions will end up hurting him,” he said, acknowledging that officials may try to emotionally blackmail him into signing over his lease.
As the Telegraph interviewed Mr Shen, however, his phone rang. It was, he said, a man named Zhou Jin, who claimed to be a member of the Central Military Commission, which oversees the People’s Liberation Army.
“He said he had seen my plight and was outraged. He said I should not give any interviews to the media and he would come and collect me in his car this afternoon,” said Mr Shen.
An attempt to contact Mr Zhou on the number he provided failed, but perhaps Mr Shen’s bravura has won him a powerful ally.