An elderly Chongqing street vendor recently found a new way to demonstrate her distaste for China’s hated public security force, stabbing one officer in the neck with a pointy skewer of candied fruit.
Chongqing chengguan had approached the old woman for selling her tanghulu (糖葫芦) where she was not permitted to. Rather than hustle away quietly, the woman decided to fight for her spot on the square, lashing out at one of the officers and stabbing him straight in the throat with one of her skewers.
Photos from the incident went viral on Chinese social media earlier this week. They show the young male officer looking rather stunned, being supported by his colleagues, with a sharp stick of fruit sticking out of his neck.
Fortunately, the injury was not severe. Meanwhile, the vendor has been detained by police for her attack.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that tensions have flared between China’s ubiquitous street vendors and its dutiful public security officers. It seems that every week the two parties are engaged in a new bloody clash, sometimes with horrific consequences. Back in 2015, a Dalian strawberry vendor stabbed one chengguan officer to death for trying to disturb his business.
Still, the stakes are not always so high. Last year, a video went viral on Chinese social media showing one Guangxi restaurant owner smooching an officer during a scuffle. Later in the year, another video hit the Chinese internet starring a brave toddler defending his granny from the evil chengguan by brandishing a long metal pipe.
Can’t we all just get along?
By Matt Bonini
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