Street Vendor Executed for Fatal Stabbing of Chengguan Officers

Zhang Jing holding up a photo of herself with Xia Junfeng, the Chinese street vendor who was given the death penalty for killing two chengguan officers in a fight.

From NetEase:

Shenyang Street Vendor Xia Junfeng Who Had Stabbed to Death Chengguan Officers Executed

People’s Daily Online Beijing September 25 report –The official microblog of the Shenyang Intermediate People’s Court announced that following the Supreme People’s Court’s review and approval, intentional homicide criminal Xia Junfeng was lawfully executed in Liaoning Shenyang on September 25th.

In November 2009, the Liaoning Shenyang Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Xia Junfeng with the death penalty for intentional homicide and deprived him of political rights for life. After the verdict, Xia Junfeng appealed. The Liaoning Provincial People’s Procuratorate believed: The facts of the appellant’s intentional homicide crime were clear, and the evidence sufficient. The appellant used a weapon to stab two administrative enforcement personnel to death and seriously injured one. The criminal action was cruel and the consequences were extremely serious, its very nature heinous. It is proposed to the Court of Second Instance [Appeals Court] that it review the specific circumstances of the case and judge in accordance with the law. The Liaoning Provincial Higher People’s Court heard the case in accordance with the law and made a ruling on 2011 April 30, rejecting the appeal, affirming the original verdict and lawfully reporting it to the Supreme People’s Court for approval.

Upon review, the Supreme People’s Court’s believed that the defendant Xia Junfeng’s act of depriving the life of others already constitutes intentional homicide. Xia Junfeng’s was illegally operating a fried skewer business, and when chengguan [urban/city management] enforcement personnel lawfully investigated and took action, he refused to comply and subsequently clashed with enforcement personnel, namely using a knife to commit violence causing two deaths and one serious injury. The circumstances of the crime were extremely vile, the means extremely cruel, the consequences particularly serious, and should be punished in accordance with the law. With regards to the clash that happened, the victims Shen Kai and Zhang Xudong bear a certain amount of responsibility and Xia Junfeng also bears responsibility, but given that Xia Junfeng’s crime was particularly serious, a lighter punishment is not enough. Both the judgment of the court of first instance and the ruling of the court of second instance maintain that the facts are clear and that the evidence is both reliable and sufficient. The conviction is correct and the sentencing appropriate. The trial procedures were legal. Therefore, it lawfully authorized the death penalty.

After the Liaoning Shenyang Intermediate People’s Court pronounced the judgment above, Xia Junfeng met with his close relatives in the Shenyang City Detention Center.

Original title: Xia Junfeng’s Death Penalty Executed Today, Court: Crime Was Particularly Serious, Not Enough to Give Lighter Punishment

Xia Junfeng's wife, Zhang Jing, crying.

A photo of Xia Junfeng, the Chinese street vendor who was executed after fatally stabbing two urban management officers during a dispute.

Xia Junfeng, the Chinese street peddler who was put to death for the homocide of two city management officers during a dispute in 2009, here in a photo with his wife Zhang Jing and son Xia Jianqiang.

Xia Junfeng's wife and child, Zhang Jing and Xia Jianqiang.

Related Reading

Shenyang Street Vendor Xia Junfeng Who Stabbed Chengguan Officers to Death Sentenced to Death in Final Ruling

2011 May 9, the final ruling in the Shenyang street peddler Xia Junfeng chengguan Fatal Stabbing Case was announced, with Xia Junfeng getting the death penalty. 2009 May 16, Xia Junfeng with his wife were were investigated and had action taken against them by chengguan while selling on the streets and subsequently clashed with the chengguan where he stabbed 2 chengguan personnel with a knife he had been carrying on him. Xia Junfeng claimed he was beaten by chengguan first and [his actions] are considered reasonable self-defense. Xia Junfeng’s family found six witnesses testifying that he was beaten, none of whom were allowed to testify in court.

Death Sentence in Xia Junfeng Case Has Been Under Review for a Year Without Results

2009, street hawker Xia Junfeng was selling on the streets in Shenyang and had stabbed two chengguan personnel to death due to a dispute. In 2011 May, the Liaoning Provincial High Court sentenced Xia Junfeng to death. To this day, Xia Junfeng’s death sentence has been under review at the Supreme People’s Court. The deceased Shen Kai’s father claims they have yet to receive compensation from Xia’s family, and the treatment of Shen Kai’s death as that of a martyr by leaders has also not been carried out.

Xia Junfeng’s wife: Only Hopes He Can Live

Zhang Jing, the wife of the street vendor Xia Junfeng who stabbed two chengguan officers to death, is still waiting for the results of the Supreme People’s Court review of her husband’s death sentence. Her life was completely changed by Xia Junfeng’s case.

In the first two years after the incident occurred, Zhang Jing was unwilling leave her home, neither able to pretend nothing had happened nor able to remain in a state of worry. For her child and husband, she had no choice but to be strong. Zhang Jing was willing to live clutching to hope, but what the future would hold remained unpredictable.

Xia Junfeng’s Wife: Went to Detention Center to See Husband for the Last Time

People’s Daily Online Wuhan September 25 report — Early this morning, Shenyang street vendor Xia Junfeng’s wife @沈阳张晶 [“Shenyang Zhang Jing”] said on her weibo that people from the court had come delivering the notice for family members to see Xia Junfeng for the last time and that she was on her way to the detention center to see him for the last time.

The widely watched case where Shenyang street peddler Xia Junfeng killed chengguan officers with a knife received a sentence on 2011 May 9 in the Liaoning High Court in the second sentence maintaining the death penalty sentence given to Xia Junfeng by the Shenyang Intermediate Court on the grounds of intentional murder.

Xia Junfeng’s Life

Life was difficult for Xia Junfeng and his wife ever since youth, with all their hopes placed on their son. The “huge” income from selling food on the street allowed them to achieve the greatest desire they’ve always had: Sending their son to painting classes. Up until the day they ran into the chengguan.

Xia Junfeng's son Xia Jianqiang with his artwork.

From NetEase:

Paintings by Xia Junfeng’s Son

These photos shows paintings by Xia Junfeng’s son Xia Jianqian, brimming with thoughts of his father.

Xia Jianqiang's painting.

“Daddy and I”

Xia Jianqiang's painting.

“Daddy”

Xia Jianqiang's painting.

“Happiness”

Xia Jianqiang's painting.

“Returning Home Together”

Xia Jianqiang's painting.

“The Past”

Xia Jianqiang's painting.

“Past Happiness”

Xia Jianqiang's painting.

“When I Was Small”

Comments from NetEase:

华少2006 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

I wonder how would a chengguan officer who killed a street vendor would be judged?

网易山东省菏泽市网友 ip:123.134.*.*

Original title: Xia Junfeng’s Death Penalty Executed Today, Court: Crime Was Particularly Serious, Not Enough to Give Lighter Punishment: Excuse me, may I ask how many more “not enough to give lighter punishment” [crimes have been given lighter punishments]…?

怒猫 [网易广西玉林市网友]:

As a legal worker, governing with rule of law has always been a basic national policy. Regarding the current awkward social status/position of chengguan, either they should be made official and become a part of the public security system with the power to enforce the law, or this organization should be disbanded. Allowing an organization without [proper] legal status to engage in managing society [enforcement] by itself is a huge danger.

网易江苏省南通市手机网友 (58.221.*.*): (responding to above)

I’m not a legal worker but I’ve also found it very strange how [the chengguan organization] still exists to this day?

网易陕西省西安市网友 [totoou0]: (responding to above)

I’m an ordinary commoner and it is even stranger to me! Just what model/method is chengguan based on for their management and governance of the country?! Is it a legal system model or hooligan/thug model?!

建立民主自由之中国 [网易广东省汕尾市网友]:

Despite silence taking the place of conversation, words nonetheless always retain their power and words of profound meaning, they declare the truth to those willing to listen attentively. And the truth is, in this country, some things are frighteningly wrong. Cruelty, injustice, discrimination and oppression. You once had the freedom to oppose and could say what you want to say. What you now have is a censorship and surveillance system, forcing you to go with the flow, forcing you to obey, and how did this happen? Who is to blame? Who above everyone is even more deserving of bearing responsibility? But, after telling the truth, if you are looking for the guilty, you only need to look in the mirror.

lgl11223345 [网易福建省福州市鼓楼区网友]:

Oh my god, how come the ordinary common people always get the death penalty?

网易江苏省常州市网友 [摆脱困境]:

This is the only fate for an ordinary person, whose fault is it that he had no connections? In any case, in our hearts are “weights”, and we’re sitting here waiting for the “weights incident”! What are chengguan? The embodiment of the neighborhood watch? Able to face off even the police? What kind of people are up to the task of such a big responsibility? Funny comments:

1、Give me a chengguan and I can smash the entire planet. – Archimedes

2、The essence of chengguan is in campaigns/crackdowns, peace and tranquility would be their death. – Pascal

3、If we say the chengguan see farther than others, it is because chengguan are standing on the shoulders of the poor. – Newton

4、Street vendors are natural selection, chengguan is survival. – Darwin

Chengguan are tempered through fire and rapid cooling, and that’s why they can be hard and not afraid of anything. The newest generation of chengguan is the same, produced through a training of smashing and plundering, learning never to lower their heads before street peddlers. – Ostrovsky

6、How great the power of the chengguan is! Before it, the love of life and fear of suffering of street peddlers become nothing! – Chernyshevsky

7、Those who don’t become a villain for Satan are not good chengguan. – Napoleon

8、There weren’t chengguan here original. It was when there became many street vendors that chengguan appeared. – Lu Xun

9、 Chengguan is the engine for creating unemployment and the foot stone of economic recovery. – Barack Obama

10、 A chengguan‘s saddest thing is that there are no more street hawkers. – Guo Moruo

11、Chengguan is 50% violence, coupled with 50% greed. – Thomas Edison

12、You must never have met the chengguan, because if you had, you would not be standing here so whole/intact. – A disabled U.S. soldier

13、To have chengguan come from afar, is that not the piss. – Confucius

14、If a street vendor does not when when the chengguan will come, then the street vendor will be ill at ease at any time. – Seneca

15、In my territory, the chengguan are in charge. – China Mobile M-Zone

网易山东省青岛市手机网友 ip:112.224.*.*

I believe Xia is a good son in his parents’ eyes, a good husband in his wife’s eyes, a good father in his son’s eyes. I only dare to say this much, so rest in peace! There are no chengguan in heaven……

网易贵州省黔东南州手机网友 ip:111.121.*.*

The law is just a product of class struggle.

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  • Alexander

    Usually when you murder someone there is a penalty such as death or life in prison…. next time just kick the Chengguan officer in the balls……

    • mr.wiener

      ….and run like hell.

  • Joey

    Those who kill the chengguan should get a medal, not the death penalty.

    • Kevin Yu

      The chengguan are also just doing their job…

      • boo

        you know when people support vendors, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are against chengguan. they are both victims

        • Kevin Yu

          She wrote that the one who killed the chengguan should get a medal…
          It doesnt have anything to do with supporting street vendors.

          A murderer should never get a medal for taking the life of another human being…

          • boo

            oh I missed that medal comment…

          • loki

            Guess you never heard of war? oh yeah of course not you being Chinese and all.

          • Kevin Yu

            I was talking about just normal situations, not war.

      • Atlas

        Chengguans deserve all the hate they get.

        • Kevin Yu

          Yeah. Generalizing each one of them will surely lead to a good discussion about it…

      • Irvin

        Many people are under the mercy of people just doing their jobs.

      • MrC

        I think they should have tasers to protect them self’s from crazy people.

      • mr.wiener

        The Chengguan probably think they are entitled to free ho’s

      • firebert5

        So are the mafia.

      • Mateusz82

        The problem with that is their jobs are terrible. They should have chosen jobs that didn’t require a complete lack of basic empathy.

        People who were “just doing their jobs” faced justice at the end of a rope at Nuremberg. It’d be nice if this new breed of fascists got the same judgement.

        • Probotector

          There is fault and favour on both sides. The street peddlers are desperately trying to scratch a measly living, but their practices break the trade standards law in China (what little there are anyway). The chengguan have a duty to enforce this law, but they are often thuggish about ding it. It doesn’t help that neither side will admit wrongdoing.

  • Yu Tian

    Don’t the deceased chengguans also have families? What about their wives, children, and parents? Chinese netizens are so blandly one-sided, are the chengguan’s families not suffering as well?

    Sad to say but a lot of street vendors in China do not get permits for having stands. I know that it seems unfair that they have to go through a lot of trouble to get one, but isn’t it better to do business lawfully instead of running away every time chengguans come?

    I fucking hate a lot of Chinese people, so much jealousy, envy, and hate. So many that say grapes are sour even though they never tasted one. Went back to Tianjin to visit and experienced it first hand, My cousin parked his Q7 outside the restaurant like a proper driver and it got keyed by some jealous asshole that did it out of spite and hate. Seriously, fuck these people.

    • lonetrey / Dan

      yeah, I was wondering about that too! Seems unfair that a vendor could just stab chengguan like it was nothing….

      • MrC

        yes people do not have the right to kill some one else.

    • boo

      grow up

      • Yu Tian

        When someone damages your property for no reason whatsoever other than envy and hate and you get angry, I’ll also tell you to grow up.

        • boo

          oh yeah your ‘property’? ‘do business LAWFULLY’? cusin with a fancy car? wake up from your CHINA DREAM! where do you think you are?! oh I see you ‘was in china’…

          • Yu Tian

            First of all, I’d like to know where you are currently living and your living conditions, so I can have a better understanding as to why you are hating against the rich.

            You seem like you’re full of spite for the wealthy and rich, I can see where you are coming from, as there are a lot of new rich Chinese that have no class and think they are above and beyond just because they have more money. However, I can assure you that my cousin keeps it classy, and does not think of himself being better just on account of money.

          • boo

            I don’t know what you are talking about. I have no interests in your cusin either. one thing i’m concern is maybe you can work on yourself a little harder so you can fit that coat your wearing a little better coz every time when I have to reply to you that coat looks like it can collapse at any minute which is quite disturbing to me

          • Yu Tian

            Don’t worry hater, it’s all muscle underneath. If you need a picture let me know baby, and mean while, please put up a pretty picture so I can judge you as well, getting lonely responding to a circle and a half :D

          • mr.wiener

            @yu_tian:disqus and @boo.
            Girls,you are both pretty, but how about we keep it nice? Jumping conclusions is a poor form of exercise. We’ll give Yu Tian’s cousin the benefit of the doubt and say his car did not deserved to be keyed , shall we?

          • boo

            what car? we are talking about class here, an over sized coat and a sunken chest…

          • mr.wiener

            I believe the original post was about his cousin’s car being vandalized
            You have taken this to another level now where it is getting personal
            I’m asking you nicely to desist.

          • boop

            you know the same old topic started to get real boring and it’s sunday after all. I won’t even care to reply again till i noticed yu tian’s good coat and linette gave her offer to the german dude

          • Yu Tian

            Haters gonna hate, I’m not even mad because its your job.

            This ends it here for me, no need to waste more time on someone that you’ll never even meet in real life. I’ll go workout my chest and buy a new burberry trench. And you, well, just keep on hating, it’s your job after all~ (^-^)

          • 二奶头发

            Your cousin may not flaunt his wealth but it sound like you do.

          • boo

            and dickhead keeps thinking people hate him for his wealth( well if he does have any), ignoring his poor taste, terrible attitude and stupid mind. funny thing is he mentined the new rich but still thinks one can have class as long as he’s got a ‘burberry trench’.

          • mr.wiener

            Unless you have a chest like Chris Grazowski IX I suggest you retract that comment.

          • boo

            really do I need to be a chef to comment on a steak too? is that some chinese logic? and my chest? you would never know but even chris himself may get surprised;)

          • Yu Tian

            Thank you admin, I have posted my last reply toward hoop. Sorry for all the inconvenience this has caused you. Stay classy~

          • boop

            so the qie gao vendors did step sunk you little skinny chest? no wonder you hate poor people and street vendors

    • Boris

      Your cousin’s car got keyed? Sorry if your cousin is a nice guy and got his wealth ethically, but if what you say is true, and Chinese have started vandalising rich people’s property, I’d say that’s a step in the right direction.

      • Yu Tian

        I know this is kind of an oxymoron, but my cousin works hard in his own import & export business, he doesn’t flaunt his wealth like a mad man, but he does have a taste for luxury cars, clothes, and accessories. He’s classy with wealth, not like the peasants with money you see featured on Chinasmack that think they are above and beyond just because they have money.

        What would destroying rich people’s property do? Please tell me.

        • 5,000 years of uncivilization

          Maybe there was a reason the car got keyed. Was it parked on a sidewalk?

          • Yu Tian

            Restaurant parking lot, someone just came up and keyed it out of spite. Which is my original complaint. Too many Chinese people harbor a hatred for the wealth.

        • 二奶头发

          I wouldn’t call keying a car destroying it.

          • Yu Tian

            Of course, the better word would be vandalize

          • Not if it was scratched accidentally or through poor driving skills and a lack of spatial awareness?

        • chandlerpatrick

          Again, your words have shown just how ignorant you really are. “my cousin works hard in his own import and export business”
          Do you for some reason think that all the vendors, and farmers and workers are not working hard? Only your cousin works hard right? Damn you are stupid…
          “He doesn’t flaunt his wealth, but he has a taste for luxury cars, clothes, and accessories”… How do you not flaunt that stuff? Just wearing that shit, and driving those cars alone flaunts it in the faces of those who can’t afford… You just sound like some ignorant fu er dai, who thinks that the sun rises over your head and sets in your sac. Smarten up, I’m sure there was a real reason for your cousins car getting keyed, not just “hatred of wealthy” people… Did you witness the event? If not, just chalk it up to a casualty of driving in China. My car has gotten scratched loads of times, bicycles everywhere, people everywhere… it’s not always a malacious thing, in fact I’d say it’s almost 100% accidental… Damn you are so ignorant…

          • Yu Tian

            Just want to let you know that the car was keyed deep from the front driver all the way to the back bumper in a deep cut. How is that an accident?

            Do you know what flaunting means? Both him and I don’t walk out there and get up into Peoples faces, if they recognize what we are wearing or using, good for them, otherwise we just carry on like any normal human beings.

            I don’t think of myself above and beyond, that’s just stupid, the government controls it all, and there are always people more well off than myself, I just feel happy for what I have.

          • chandlerpatrick

            My point is accident or not, you just sound like a petty little bitch. “Boo hoo, my cousins nice car got scratched…” seriously is it that big of a deal? I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and say that it was intentional… Is it worth whining about? You have demonstrated hate towards the majority of the people in China… believe it or not, bubble-boy, most of China is poor… Someone was bitter, and scratched his car… pales in comparison to when rich assholes get away with literally murder, rape, extortion, and a whole list of other things… are you seriously that confused as to why people of lower incomes might be a tad bit annoyed? Man you’re a douche…

          • Yu Tian

            I edited my post, what I originally wanted to say was that I hated the mentality of them, not necessarily the people.

            I was expressing my frustration earlier when I recalled the event, I mean, if you were just getting along with your life, not bothering anyone and doing well off, and then all of a sudden one day someone vandalizes your property out of hatred for the wealthy, would you think that you deserved it and took it silently?

          • mr.wiener

            It is interesting as a point to illustrate that your average Zhou is pissed off [rightly or wrongly] with too many fat bastards getting all the pie.
            As any westerner involved in a traffic incident in China can tell you, the asian street opinion can turn nasty in a heartbeat.
            Incidents like this do not auger well for the future of China.

          • Yu Tian

            Chinese people should really just go on about, even something minor like a fender bender you see hundreds of them gathering around to watch, obstructing traffic and police vehicles from arriving.

            “too many fat bastards getting all the pie.”

            Haha, thanks for the good laugh, good analogy.

          • chandlerpatrick

            I loved that, “your average Zhou”. Got a good laugh at that.
            I’ve had a few traffic accidents – sometimes on a bike, sometimes while driving – never my fault, but seeing as nobody was hurt and just a scratch on the car – which is insured anyways, I just chalk it up as “life in the city”. So someone keyed his car, sounds like life is good if that’s the kind of thing that ruins your day… That poor girl getting gang raped by some rich dick and his croonies… she has no right to be pissed off… I’m just saying that some people would love to be able to say “damn, some dick keyed my car”, when all they get to say is “damn, some dick just tore down my house/raped my kid/ hit-and run/ etc.” Yu Tian seems quite oblivious to the hardships of the average Zhou, and is content with hating all of them.

          • Yu Tian

            I understand that a lot of people have it worse, and I never said that other people don’t have it worse. Like I have stated in the previous statement, the general Chinese mentality at the moment is envious, jealousy, and hate. Crying grapes are sour when they can’t even taste it. (proverb)

            You’re trying to make me look like I’m oblivious of the huge wealth gap in China right now, I know what’s going on in my country, I’ve been back 2 times in the past 3 years. And I also keep up-to-date on the news via chinasmack, youku, and douban. I know how unfair and unjust it is for people without wealth and connection.

            Once again, I want you to understand that I’m not hating the people, (edited my first post) but I dislike their hating mentality. That was my complaint all along, not of the people, but of their mentality. I really just want to shout to them that hating is not going to get you that new house or new car, hard work gets you those things, not hating.

            我希望你能理解我

          • As any westerner involved in a traffic incident in China can tell you, the asian street opinion can turn nasty in a heartbeat.

            Again, qing ruan ya ping at work. Bully the meek and be AFRAID of bigger bullies. One only has to look at the way “leaders” will be fawned over and looked up to, but the common man on the street working his butthole off will be condescended and treated with disdain. There is no reason to be all googly eyed and smiley when you are ordering food in a restaurant, asking for directions, taking a taxi, or dealing with a worker. Even if you are a humble and nice guy, better not to display the traits of humility and being “nice” in never never land, as kindness is taken for weakness, and as a perpetual outsider in a confucian society, you may well get taken for a long ride. One needs their game face on at all times, as the communication is arse backwards, and doesn’t operate as in other places, sadly.

          • boo

            flaunting means wearing some lame ass coat well when i say lame ass i don’t mean the coat itself but how it looks on its wearer and put it as avatar on chinasmack then saying it’s good for them if they recognize it but in case they don’t?… screaming it is BURBERRY and hey i’ve got CLASS!!!

          • Guest

            别吃不到葡萄说葡萄酸
            It’s easy to despise what you cannot get
            Come at me Boo~~~~

          • Yu Tian

            @mrwiener:disqus,

            If possible, can you delete this post? One post is enough. Thank you.

          • mr.wiener

            On the top right hand of the comment you have posted there is an arrow pointing down that should appear when you hold the cursor over it. This gives you the option of deleting your own posts.
            Also perhaps you could desist in taunting boo in the future? [and visa verse] I hate break up a good feudship , but you two are cluttering up the page with your trivialities.

          • What a nob!

          • Yu Tian

            别吃不到葡萄说葡萄酸

            It’s easy to despise what you cannot get

            Come at me Boo, what a fucking wanker
            Here is something for your dog eyes,
            Keep on hating me boo, I love it.

          • boo

            hating? don’t flatter yourself. i’m just making fun of a burberry trench. watch out that car too this time will be not just a scratch… wait so you did cover the plate? don’t be afraid the poor chinese who hate you, they can’t even afford to get there.

            oh by the way what brand are those pants?

          • mr.wiener

            @d6dbae9e1c5de0b7001ec38d324329ae:disqus and @Rei_Yu_Tian:disqus.
            The brand of my boots are “Shitkickers” and despite the spreading purple bruise on my ankle from Saturday’s rugby game I’m going to break both off in your arses if you continue with this BS.

          • boo

            don’t think you can scare me with your rugby legs unless you got a CHENGTUO in your hand. oh well i’m gonna run though gotta stay alive so I can go sell some QIEGAO in streets to feed my family…

          • Probotector

            The irony is, Burberry is a British brand which beloved by the working class over there.

          • boo

            yeah new rich chinese… got way more to learn about what CLASS is

    • linette lee

      This whole story is very tragic. The street vendor’s son is s cute and talented now he will be without a father. I love his painting. Very nice. I hope this boy will be strong and learn from his father’s mistake for committing murder. I also hope an organization will support him to go to the art school he wants to go to and become someone that contribute to the society when he becomes an adult.
      It is very sad for the families of the deceased chengguans too. Just very sad.

      • Germandude

        “I also hope an organization will support him to go to the art school he wants to go to”

        I want every day sunshine, enough money, food, drinks and happiness for everybody. No more jealousy, envy, hate and the need to be more important than others. There shouldn’t be any more diseases and no pollution. Also, I wish that natural disasters don’t happen again and I wish that everybody is living in peace. All weapons are destroyed and every day, there is a rainbow for me to watch.

        Then again, I get real. Some people will never…

        • linette lee

          When all that fail you can still call me up for a good fxck. Then you will see a rainbow. ;)

          • MrC

            whats your number?

          • linette lee

            I am just joking. Germandude wants to see rainbow can you help him? ;)

          • Germandude

            Yeah, can you help me MrC? And don’t send me LSD…

          • MrC

            Oh,, I dont think he needs any help.
            Rainbow very easy to find, you can see them after it finishes raining, then they appear.
            But i can never seem to find the pot of gold.

          • Germandude

            ..

          • boo

            omg is it for real I doubt about the word good I seen your pic don’t forget it ;)

          • 5,000 years of uncivilization

            Sweet! An invitation?

          • Paul Schoe

            No Linette, Germandude is realistic.

            I also hope that an organization will support the kid to go to art school, but if one of us (meaning you or me) doesn’t actually take action to either approach such organisations with this case, or to start arranging some kind of funding or collection, then the chances of something happening are unfathomable small.

            (and i know that I won’t take action at this moment)
            (and Germandude might be happy with your offer, which is also doing something good for the world)

          • Oh linette, how you tease me so, I really dig on hong kong girls!

        • firebert5

          Poor kid. He’s now unfortunately a true “suffering artist.” Hopefully he’ll take a different path than his dad did.

      • MrC

        It made me cry!
        why o why o why!
        I think maybe some people a little crazy yes?
        I wonder who to blame!

    • Dick Leigh

      Well, it was stated that he killed the Chengguang in self defence, as witnessed by 8 different people. I don’t doubt for a second that the vendor believed his life was in danger, because people have died being beaten by the chengguang.

      What really happened: It would’ve been a huge loss of face for the government if the chengguang were found guilty while a chengguang-killer was found innocent so they killed the vendor to quietly rid themselves of the issue.

      • Yu Tian

        It’s a shame really, honestly in China it’s a dog eat dog world.

        Everyone is trying to out hustle each other. If only this poor guy had a permit for his stand instead of trying to save money.

        most people just don’t know how to handle power, a lot of chengguans are just bullies. Still, if I were him, I would have ran away the moment chengguans arrived.

        • MrC

          I think a lot of the street vendors are wealthy because they avoid all the laws.
          They go home to nice house and have nice car!
          Maybe its just a show that they are poor just trying to earn a living!

          • 5,000 years of uncivilization

            Most Chinese believe that the only way to get ahead is to cheat, even if it’s only a little. There’s just too much competition.

          • This whole too much competition argument doesnt make sense and seems a copout to me. I do believe a lot of the harm was done by the cultural revolution

          • All of them, most uighurs I saw lived god knows how many to a hotel room, until they went back to Xinjiang.

        • TheSOP

          Why is China like this yet Taiwan is so much more civilized and harmonious? Look at the political systems, the answer is there. Until you criticize the CCP with the same vigor that you do the Chinese citizens it is difficult to take you seriously.

    • Mony Xie

      “I fucking hate a lot of Chinese people, so much jealousy, envy, and hate.”

      Ironically…

      • boo

        and needless to mention talking about class in a poorly fitted outfit

      • Yu Tian

        I’m sorry, what I wanted to say was that I hate the mentality of a lot of Chinese people, I wish we could edit our posts.

        • mr.wiener

          You can in fact edit your posts. Go back to the original post and click on “edit” which should be to the left of “reply” at bottom of your post.

          • Yu Tian

            Thank you Admin, stupid of me not seeing it. :D

          • boo

            admin? are you sure you don’t mean GANDIE? it’s the 2nd time I see you thank him after he saved your ass again. and i’m surprised to know a comment can be edited after it’s posted. it may make some of its following replies senseless.

          • Rei Yu Tian

            What’s wrong with being nice to someone that was nice to you to begin with?

            Boo, if you really want to take this personally, we can meet up and have a clean fight, vent some steam, settle this old fashioned and then be on our way.

            I’m calling you out, now it’s up to you on how to respond.

    • 二奶头发

      you sure it was keyed? could have been.. let’s say a woman with a prada bag with that metal latch. Or some guy’s rolex watch as he stumbled to his car. A Q7 is not a small car and you were at a restaurant. lots of eating and drinking going on and accidents do happen.

      • Yu Tian

        Driver door all the way to the rear bumper, a very deep cut.

        • 二奶头发

          but that only means some object scratched up against the Q7. thinking it was some angry chinese person is only a theory. unless there is some video proof or an eyewitness all you got is a deep scratch and a theory. Again accidents do happen.

    • chandlerpatrick

      Your words: “I fucking hate a lot of Chinese people, so much jealousy, envy, and hate”
      Let’s break that down. You “fucking hate” a lot of Chinese people, because they have “so much jealousy, envy, and hate”
      You have just included yourself in the group of people you “fucking hate”.
      Smart…

      • Yu Tian

        The mentality of a lot of them, sorry for not explaining it in the original post.

        • TheSOP

          I agree the mentality sucks but what nurtures the mentality? A political system that sustains itself on repression, where critical thinking is punished not rewarded, and where the the least ethical are the most likely to succeed. You need to attack the root of the problem not complain about its symptoms.

      • boo

        good you quote his own word here. otherwise he go re edit it and make all of us sound like an idiot

      • bujiebuke

        My impression of Chinese people who have either inherited or attained wealth is that they mentally and physically distance themselves from other less fortunate Chinese. They use loopy logic to convince themselves and others in their circle that they are somehow special, different, or not at all Chinese. I have wondered how much loathing goes through their minds every night when they look at the mirror.

    • TheSOP

      It is the system that breeds the hate and ills in society. Until you have vocally called for a change to the system can you so easily say you hate the people?

    • maybeabanana

      Welp it sucks to be the victim. A lot of the common characteristics of people there are lacking in morals and honor as you already know. Like many other replies, I hate the system but I think saying “fuck these people” is pretty much the same mentality in walking by and not do a thing that would help.

      • Yu Tian

        It’s a dog eat dog world when the government is like what it is in China. Focusing on only the big cities and leaving the countryside to rot, not to mention the unjust actions for migrant workers and countryside folks trying to make it in the city only to be discriminated.

        There are a lot of hate broiling inside China atm between the wealthy and poor, I guess on that day some poor sod just had enough and took out his anger on the car.

        • maybeabanana

          Noooo realllllllllly … now I wonder why there’s a lot of hate if there are so much ignorance and non of charity. You sound like my grandmother just to insult her way of thinking.

  • Yu Tian

    Just a FYI, I absolutely hate the way the Chengguan’s enforce their methods by beating the shit out of people, some of them really are garbage that prey on the weak, just a shame that they also had families.

    Whilst I was in China I had a meal with my family and some of their friends. One of them was a Police Chief, when I asked him why the chengguans are so violent, he simply said that the street vendors are thick skinned and would come back the next day right after you tell them to leave. Which is why they often use physical force to scare them into never setting up stands in that location again. The smart ones however, do their business on the back of tricycles.

    • Kevin Yu

      I have to say some street vendors really are assholes. The worst ones are the Uigurs though. Like everytime I walked through changping with my gf, they tried to rip people off. I really want to try a cake one time, but it seems every time they cut more than you want (1kg instead off 100g) and if you say you just ordered 100g, the other uigurs come to you, playing with the knives in their pants…

      • Yu Tian

        Haha, I was so glad that I read the qiegao articles before I went back. When I saw a qiegao cart near the train station I decided to mess with him. I told him that I’ll only buy it if I can cut the portion myself. The guy said no, and I just left. Unless you take control, you’re going to get screwed.

      • Alexander

        I’ve bought many foods from the Uigurs without any problems. Yes, they are definitely going to judge you and treat you differently depending on where you are from and if you are a Muslim or not, but the key to buying something from them is to just say, all you have is this much money on you and how much can you get for that amount. All I have is 50 yuan, how much can I get for 50 yuan. Don’t ask for a weight.

        • Kevin Yu

          But it was mostly beijing people that wanted to buy some cake there.
          And it was like everyday, at least in northern Changping-district of Beijing, when I went there, that there was some argument going on.

          I would rather buy all these things directly in Xinjiang than at these shady people on the street.

          • Alexander

            Exactly, like you said they were Beijing people….. the Uighur aren’t likely to give them a good deal, I bet someone from Egypt would get a better deal than someone from BJ. Of course it is better to get products closer to their native source, but not everyone has the luxury of being able to pay 6000 rmb for a round trip plane ticket every time they want something from Xinjiang.

        • Dick Leigh

          Good idea! I always get ripped off by street vendors assuming because I’m white I will buy more. It’s to the point now that I just walk past them because I’m sick and tired of having to haggle and bicker with the vendor, just to buy a small enough amount to know if I even like what the hell I’m buying!

          • MrC

            I think also you risk your health to buy any food from street vendors, I mean who knows how or where they produce this!
            Beware!

          • Alexander

            Very true. Use the supermarket prices as a base then negotiate down. Many vendors like in the farmers markets already have the prices posted. If you can’t handle it, then stick to the supermarkets.

      • Ahuan

        I have seen that too, and yet, I love the nang and yang rou chuan, don’t get why they always try to pull that crappy stunt with that walnut (?) cake…matang?

      • MrC

        yes i have also heard these stories. I think something should be done about them.

  • why

    His son doesn’t deserve the punishment. This is the saddest part. I’m almost tearing up looking at the son’s paintings – he truly loves his father. Having his Dad back was probably his biggest wish and now, none of the happiness he envisoned in his paintings will transpire.

    The kid will probably live the rest of his life with little faith in humanity – from his point of view, society repressed his father and then murdered him.

    Xia Junfeng deserves to be punished, but I don’t believe he should be put to death. Clearly his wife and child are very close to Xia Junfeng’s heart, and he’s at least a good man at that part. He’s not a serial killer – I think that day he simply couldn’t contain his frustrations anymore and lost it.

    So now a family has lost a father. Is the world really a better place now that Xia Junfeng’s been executed?

    I hope his family is strong enough to get through this. His son is extremely talented and I hope life will be kinder to him and his mother from now on so that someday he’s faith in humanity can be restored.

    • Yu Tian

      Bystanders always have it easier in make decisions.

      What if your father was a chengguan, and he got stabbed and killed by this man.

      Would you not want revenge? Come on, be realistic.

      • why

        Everyone want’s revenge, but there’s a reason we are no longer savages. Do you truly believe Justice has been done in this case?

        Let’s be “realistic”. Yes, anyone who has killed – even in self-defense – should be executed. This is the society I want to live in. No.

      • Atlas

        If my father was a thug, I’d probably be one too and seek immediate revenge. On the other hand, if for some reason my father were a thug harassing people and I were an honest person myself, I’d say good riddance.

      • Boris

        Individuals lust for revenge. A state should seek justice and to take the best possible course of action. Nothing is to be gained from executing a man who killed in a moment of blind fury.

        • biggj

          In this case they do, Next time vendors might think twice about doing something rash to these guys.

    • wafflestomp

      If he was rich he’d be alive.

    • Alexander

      No children deserve to have parents who are criminals. It would be nice if all children could have caring and loving parents who took good care of their children, but the reality is that there are thousands of fathers rotting in prisons because they committed crimes. Murder is a crime…… so what did he expect would happen….

      • biggj

        Yeah really, I’m with you on that.What do they expect would happen? Either 2 things…life in prison or death. Either way the kid will not have a dad. The murdered someone.

        • Jobjed

          Not just “someone”. He murdered two people, unfortunately, you can’t kill someone twice.

          • Brett

            They are chengguan…

          • mr.wiener

            ….I get your drift, I’d want to revive them just so I could kill them again…kidding!!, but chance should be so fine a thing.

            How’ve you been mate? long time no text. Your kid must be going on one year old soon right?

          • Brett

            Everything’s good over here. Can’t say much for my friends and family back in government shutdown USA. My baby turns 1 on the 23rd, great memory.

            Anyways, this guy shouldn’t have killed the two of em, but they are know for their brutality… Nature of the business kind of thing.

          • Jobjed

            You shouldn’t judge someone based on their affiliation to some entity. For example, you can’t definitively say a particular KKK member is racist because he might be an undercover police mole. You have to judge someone based on what they have done personally. These two Chengguan were enforcing the law and were murdered in the line of duty. To our knowledge, they have done nothing to deserve death, but according to you, since they are affiliated to the Chengguan organisation, they deserve immediate death. *Clap clap* Your sound logic and approach to justice will surely bring harmony to society.

          • Brett

            Way to turn a sarcastic remark into some philosophical convo.

          • Jobjed

            Anything else you would like to add?

          • Brett

            I guess the down vote is a “silent protest”? I just meant “take it easy”, as I thought the comment was obviously facetious.

          • Jobjed

            I didn’t down vote anything. See if the mods have a down vote record or something. Even if I did down vote you, why so insecure as to reply and accuse me of doing it?

          • Brett

            I don’t care about down votes, but find it funny that people use it as some sort of way to get back at a poster, instead of showing how you disagree with what was written.

            Why are we still conversing? Clearly you didn’t get the sarcasm of the original post. Let’s end this here :-)

          • mr.wiener

            Mods don’t get to see who downvotes who either. Maybe it’s better that way. Some dipstick troll has obviously followed Brett here from Koreabang and is downvoting everything he writes.
            I tend to think of my downvotes as little squeaks of outrage from mouth-breathers who can’t face me in a real argument….but I think the truth is, they are reminders that mods have feet of clay.

      • firebert5

        Agreed. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t think of his kid in that instant and what his action would do to his family.

    • linette lee

      But he murdered two people. They have family too. Maybe he was constantly harassed by these three chengguans and no one can help him. So he just stab them.
      China needs to figure out what to do with street vendors. Maybe each neighborhood they need like a designated area for them and they need a permit. Also inspectors need to inspect them to make sure they follow regulations and guidelines for product safety and cleanliness.

      This little boy has really nice paint. I like them too.

      • MrC

        its a very good idea, well said!

      • 5,000 years of uncivilization

        It’s a good idea in theory but in China, there would be plenty of vendors trying to get around it. That’s the problem. The government has already designated areas for them but they want to make more money but selling in a non-designated area. That’s where the trouble begins. The job of the chengguan is quite necessary or every busy area in China, no matter how posh, will end up looking 3rd worldly. Most Chinese i know, don’t want to live in a 3rd world neighborhood.

      • firebert5

        It seems like multiple wrongs all interacting with each other. So many instances of chengguan harassing and extorting street vendors, while the majority of street vendors are operating illegally anyway. There doesn’t seem to be anyone in the right in most of these reported situations. It then just becomes an issue of who is more wrong…

  • wafflestomp

    The death penalty is ONLY for the poor. China needs a major justice overhaul.

    • chinese

      and what about usa where corporate white collar crime goes unpunished.

      http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/untouchables/

      • MrC

        yes it seems a lot of white collar crime is rewarded over there.

      • TheSOP

        You are that guy that always checks me out when I’m trying to take a piss. Here is your logic in simple terms; Me: “oh man that shit stinks” You: “Yes but did you know American shit also stinks? Here let me link to an article about stinky American shit”

        Insecurity+inferiority complex on full display.

        • chinese

          Why are you so infatuated with toilets?Are you a janitor by any chance?How is it an insecurity inferiority complex when I am stating cold hard facts about Americas judicial system.

          • Probotector

            Because your using it to deflect blame from China to America, to try to exonerate China of any blame.

      • Angie_Mac77

        Why haven’t I seen programs like the one in your link on Chinese media?

      • Angie_Mac77

        Here’s an idea. Go to that link, look at the comments below and see how many Americans are saying, “It’s okay! It happens in China!”

    • Boris

      Is that Richard Griffiths? ‘Monty, you terrible c@@t!’

  • Atlas

    I love V for Vendetta

    • MrC

      I love L for love!

    • Claude

      I love Orwell’s 1984. China is Orwell’s 1984.

      • MrC

        who is Orals?

  • Kennedy Jamal

    First of all before thinking of taking someone elses life not for defends but for offensive motive is wrong … if it was for defends then he stand a chance to go free .. this guy’s wrong .. thinking of the fact that he has a child and a wife to live for is enough for him to stay out of trouble .. I love my kid and my wife .. just travelling outta the country or when I’m not around troubles me alot about who gonna take care of my wife and kid ,protect them …God damn it !!!!! I’m so mad !!!!!!! to see a young man wasting his whole life and leaving his family just like that .. the system and the society are responsible for these !!!!!!

  • narsfweasels

    A couple of points:

    Gu Kailai gets suspended death for PREMEDITATED murder.

    “My Father is Li Gang!” Kid gets 6 years for drunk-driving and killing a girl, leaving another paralysed.

    Wen Jiaobao’s family is accused of wholesale corruption… The “investigation” disappears quietly from view.

    Contrast with:

    This guy who killed Chengguan getting death.

    A Beijing drunk driver killing someone about a month after “Li Gang” getting 25 years.

    Chen Guangcheng being held indefinitely under house arrest with his daughter denied an education AFTER he has served his long custodial sentence for “disrupting traffic”.

    • Germandude

      Yes. The parody of this is that it’s called justice over here…

    • Yu Tian

      Wealth, connections, and power.

      Deadly combination in China and everywhere else in the world.

      It’s just a whole lot more noticeable and obvious in China.

    • Justin

      I don’t see how any of this shocks you.

      1. Of course Gu Kailai got a suspended death sentence. Her trial and sentencing were highly politicized and public. You can’t equate a trial like that with how justice is meted out on a day-to-day basis. That’s like comparing the OJ trial to a person on trial for murdering a police officer. The fact that they are chengguan, who are known for brutalizing average people is irrelevant. They are still human beings. NYPD brutalizes everyone on a daily basis and I’m guessing none of you would be cheering if one of them got murdered. Maybe you would. I don’t know.

      2. 6 years is about the average sentence for a first-time offender convicted of vehicular homicide. Check the sentencing guidelines for most Western countries. The range they offer is between 5-25 years. Does it surprise you that the son of a rich and powerful person gets the lighter end of it and a poor schlub got the long sentence? At least he got the 6 years. Remember when Ted Kennedy killed a girl driving drunk? I do. He kept his senate seat.

      3. I wouldn’t call the NY Times report on Wen Jiabao evidence of “wholesale corruption”. It’s more like his family is really wealthy because of business ties to the government. Yeah that sounds corrupt to you, but that’s pretty much just the way shit works in a country where the state is so intertwined with the economy. And again, it’s not like Western countries are any different.

      All this bemoaning the lack of “justice” in China obfuscates the real actual progress the country has made in terms of rule of law and due process. Everyone wants to hold it to the standard of a developed nation, but if you compare it to other countries where institutions are relatively weak, China is doing pretty well, especially considering that there was no rule of law whatsoever only a few short decades ago.

      Also, fun fact: China’s prison population is smaller than that of the US despite China’s population being 5 times the size. And China executes fewer people per capita than my home state of Texas.

      China is no different from anywhere else. Everywhere the rich and the powerful rule at the expense of the dispossessed, and they are treated according to two separate systems of justice. It’s just that in a developing country, which has an incomplete system of laws, there is much more space for injustice.

      • narsfweasels

        Thank you, Justin, thank you. You made my wish come true.

        Last night, before I went to bed, I saw a falling star blaze its glorious trail across the night sky, and with a sigh I made a wish.

        Do you know what I wished for, Justin?

        I wished that some supercilious, self-important ABC would come along and talk crap at me, Justin. That was my wish.

        And like a golden shower, you came along and fulfilled my wish -and more.

        So thank you Justin, thank you for making my wish come true.

        Justin, never allow yourself to feel down: never let yourself be discouraged by people who say “Who gives a rats ass if you can’t believe I’m shocked?” or “Hey dumbass, do you lack the basic cognitive development to remain on-topic on a China blog? Do you have to constantly make comparisons to America in order to get your point across?” or “Listen here, Justin, when I want the opinion of an asshole, I’ll be sure to ask you, in the meantime keep your head down the toilet where it belongs.”

        Don’t listen to those people, Justin. Don’t listen to them, for my sake. You are my shining shower of gold. :)

        • boo

          lmfao

        • TheSOP

          Well put sir, will the predictability of their arguments ever cease to amaze? Honestly everything in their simple minds basically breaks down to the metaphor of looking over to the next urinal to check out America’s goods for comparison… oh wait thats not metaphorical at all, taking a piss in China really is like this lol

      • Angie_Mac77

        You’re right about one thing. The kinds of injustices in your debate, do exist in more countries than just China. However, it does not matter where they happen, it is wrong.

        If it happens in America, it’s wrong. If it happens in China, it’s wrong. No one should be let off the hook because someone else got away with it. That’s a really weak defense.

    • chosan

      oh for f— sake. if you kill 3 drug dealers you would still get the death penalty even in Iran And the USA, what matters is he killed 3 people

  • Angie_Mac77

    “As a legal worker, governing with rule of law has always been a basic national policy.”

    I haven’t noticed too much of this governing with rule in law in the news or even on the street. Maybe I missed it.

  • linette lee

    Take his painting and make hallmark cards. Call hallmarks to use his painting. Does China have hallmark?

    http://www.hallmark.com/shop?mc=T_S_G_ED_GC_BRAND&gclid=CPjNjdzC77kCFVGi4AodJSsATA

    A boy hoping his father would return.

    • boo

      have you called hallmark yet?

  • biggj

  • TheSOP

    A rotten political system has bred a rotten and increasingly dysfunctional society. Until Chinese cut the cancer out at the root it will continue to spread. Chengguan are just a symptom, not the cause. The root of the cancer graces China’s currency and its portrait hangs in Tiananmen.

    • maybeabanana

      China kept its exchange rate down so the people can profit off of their own in cheap manufacture. I have to agree but not completely as it has been more tradition and it goes back farther imo for their behavior than just Mao’s influence.

  • LKY

    I am very sad to hear this.

  • waihang

    Bo Xilai asked me to convey his wisdom: “…If Mr. Xia would have followed my model he would have received a life time luxury resort vacation…”

  • Perseus Wong

    This story calls to mind Mohd Bouazizi’s, the Tunisian street vendor who committed suicide after years of constant harassment and abuse by a Tunisian ‘Chengguan’

    Not to excuse Xia GuFeng’s actions but it’s not too difficult to imagine why he was compelled to similar extremes. His son’s drawings tells me he was a responsible father.

    Alot of generalized finger pointing at ‘wealth’. But no one has yet to make the connection that in any rich or poor country, it’s always been the government class (and their apologists) that has consistently violated an individual’s right to earn and keep the fruits of his labor.

    • chosan

      and caused the arab spring which will soon get the middle east nuked. not a good example Mohd Bouazizi was arrested by female police officers, thats what made him a rallying cry for the muslims

      • Perseus Wong

        The female police officer is a muslim chengguan in a muslim country. It wasn’t a protest against the fact that she was a woman who exerted authority over a man.

        If that were true, there would have been a protest decades before since muslim women chengguan were already on the streets. That the Arab Spring was hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood is another story. Are you saying Bouazizi wouldn’t have mind if it was a male Tunisian ‘Chengguan’ who harassed him and destroyed his business?

  • 二奶头发

    just reading the article. the vendor claimed it was self defence. I could see how he could have first been beaten by the cheng guans and I can see how he may have killed one in self defence but to kill two of them with a knife.. the actions may have started as a self defence but there is a moment where self defence can change into murder and I think this is one of the cases. how many times did he stab them? was it just one stab each in a vital part of the body? Was it a repeated stab? did he stab during the fight and then continued to stab them after they were injured and on the ground? too many questions…

    just because cheng guans may have started the fight it doesn’t give the victim a right to kill them after the cheng guans have been subdued

  • Karze

    There are so many innocent people killed by street patrol, PSB, PLA etc in their custody due to false accusation. Due to get justice never. If government officials kill innocent people they never get justice but more trouble later as government officials will harass you later for extort money from the victims family.

    The political prisoners are often beaten and tortured so badly that they die soon after they are released from prison. They (prison) will make sure that prisoner are released before they die in prison.

    This kind of death of political prisoner in Tibet is very common.

  • Dumbledore

    “Xia Junfeng’s family found six witnesses testifying that he was beaten, none of whom were allowed to testify in court.”

    Not sure what to think about that one. It reminds me of the people I’ve known who were involved in traffic collisions (Thanks Officer Angle), where the other guy swiftly called a number of people in who declared themselves as witnesses to back him up, when they in fact were nowhere near the site.

  • Mateusz82

    The Chengguan are China’s Gestapo. Killing them should get you a bounty.

  • Jona Mariz

    No matter if the chengguan or whatever you call them are not “good” people in the eyes of the masses. Xia still KILLED them. However angry he was, he still should have not resorted to murder.

  • al in china

    You can’t kill in the Heavenly kingdom. Just ask Chairman Mao 30-70 million kills! Ahhhh the Heavenly Kingdom!

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