It appears that Guangzhou’s chengguan, the notoriously power-hungry urban law enforcement officials with a track record for violence and unsurprisingly named China’s most unpopular public officials, have suddenly decided to change their image. For now. Chengguan officers in the capital of Guangdong province were spotted sitting down and having a ‘heart-to-heart’ chat with an illegal vendor in Guangdong province capital, rather than, you know, beating him unconscious.
The team was photographed sitting and chatting with a seller at a fruit stand, so as to persuade him to leave the streets he occupied with his business stall, according to Chinanews. The images have floated around online and garnered praise and surprise from netizens, who are likely more used to reading headlines of brutality at the hands of the under-regulated officers.
The banners made by Guangzhou chengguan officers read: “The Spanish and England has already gone home [World Cup reference]. Let’s not occupy the street here either. ”
Don’t know how long this is going to last, but I guess we don’t need to bring in Tyson for now (at least while cameras are rolling).
By Daniel Zhang
[Image via Chinanews]