Sulfuric Acid Thrown at Chengguan in Xiamen, 18 Hospitalized

A chengguan officer hospitalized after having sulfuric acid thrown at him causing burn injuries.

From Phoenix Online:

Xiamen: 19 Chengguan Had Sulfuric Acid Thrown At Them During Law Enforcement, 18 Hospitalized

Original title: Xiamen Chengguan Officers Had Sulfuric Acid Thrown At Them During Law Enforcement

18 injured and hospitalized, police say they’re currently investigating situation

The Beijing Times report (reporter Liu Xiaoxu) –– Yesterday [October 17], a netizen broke the story that on October 16th, Xiamen city Tong’an district City Management and Administration Law Enforcement Agency [chengguan] officers had sulfuric acid thrown at them while enforcing the law. with 18 of them hospitalized for treatment. A relevant law enforcement agency official verified this incident and said the injured persons are still in the hospital.

On the afternoon of [October] 16 at 5:20pm, a netizen named “xao小箱”, whose place of registration appears as Fujian province Xiamen city, posted a weibo that said, “This morning, 3 chengguan officers had sulfuric acid thrown at them in the Tong’an district of Xiamen city, and are being treated at No. 3 Hospital.” This weibo attracted many netizens’ attention. Yesterday morning, another media figure said, “On [October] 16, in the Tong’an district of Xiamen city during a joint law enforcement operation with the Land and Resources Bureau, the City Management and Administration Law Enforcement Agency had sulfuric acid thrown at them, causing injury to 18 chengguan team members.

Yesterday, Xiamen city Tong’an district City Management and Administration Law Enforcement Agency Joint-Section chief confirmed this incident to this Beijing Times reporter and said the chengguan team members were handling a Land and Resources Bureau’s aerial photography case at the time of the incident, and this incident caused various degrees of burns to 19 chengguan team members with 18 of them being hospitalized for treatment.

When this reporter called the Xiamen Public Security Propaganda Department, a worker responded that the number of injured were “not that many”, saying the police were investigating this incident and declined to disclose details.

wounded chengguan officer

wounded chengguan officer

wounded chengguan officer

Comments from Phoenix Online:

凤凰网广东省佛山市网友:手机用户

When law enforcement officers become a vulnerable/disadvantaged group, with routine enforcement of the law by law enforcement officers becoming an excuse/opportunity for criminals to attack law enforcement officers, and malicious media add fuel to the fire, confusing right and wrong, so that law enforcement officers cannot protect themselves, who then can protect us law-abiding citizens? No wonder people often say “stuff to death the audacious, starve to death the timid”, must we law-abiding citizens also become strongmen?! In order to realize a society with rule of law, we must several punish law violators as well as negligent law enforcement officers!

凤凰网上海市网友:小星闪烁

Cities need chengguan and cities can’t be without chenguan, so firmly support chengguan! That some people dare to do such cruel things to chengguan and certain public opinions don’t distinguish right from wrong, they are actually harming those law-breaking street vendors, when they could have been more rational.

凤凰网上海市网友:手机用户 [responding to above]

Either way, if those who die aren’t the street peddlers, it’s the chengguan, not those who create public opinions who only care for the sensational.

凤凰网北京市网友:手机用户

Chengguan has already become the public enemy of the people.

凤凰网湖南省长沙市网友:国民忧

Shows that the people quite hate these people!

凤凰网山东省烟台市网友:北京消防

Public opinion in China currently is sympathy for the weak, and there is no longer any concept of right and wrong in their hearts. This is the tragedy of China.

凤凰网辽宁省铁岭市网友:123123

There are urban construction supervision, land supervision, as well as public security, and the courts, so why did the chengguan take the lead?
Do the chengguan have more power than the departments mentioned above? Why do the ordinary common people throughout the nation hate the chengguan so much?
You guys should reflect on that.

凤凰网福建省南平市网友:且来看看

I hate those street vendors who ignore the public’s interests for their own interests. I hate even more those street vendors who exploit some people’s negative image of chengguan in order to maliciously violate the laws and regulations.

凤凰网上海市网友:手机用户

[Resorting to] Throwing sulfuric acid when one is at the end of their wits is self-defense, or should they just allow themselves to be beaten to death by the chengguan?!

凤凰网未知IP网友:手机用户

Sigh, China is still poor. If these people had clothes to wear, food to eat and work to do, would they brave cutting winds and scorching sun to set up stalls on the streets? How many civil servants do this? If their fields weren’t forcibly occupied/taken, would they defend their humble houses to the very end? Where is the root of the problem? I believe everyone knows very well in their hearts. Don’t fucking always say unruly people, unruly people!

凤凰网广东省东莞市网友:bluefly

Chengguan exacerbates social contradictions/problems, so shouldn’t there be reforms?

凤凰网亚美尼亚网友:手机用户

If the chengguan are injured, who then can take back the Diaoyu Islands?

凤凰网中国网友:xmandrew

I support chengguan in enforcing the law, venders are completely lawless nowadays.

凤凰网北京市网友:手机用户

Rats crossing the street [from a Chinese saying, “when a rat runs across the street everybody cries, ‘Kill it!’”, meaning a person hated by everyone, a common public enemy/pest]

凤凰网湖北省恩施州网友:凤凰网友

You deserve it for not abiding by regulations in the your enforcement of the law.

凤凰网上海市网友:手机用户

Chengguan attacking street vendors and street vendors attacking chengguan are both wrong!

凤凰网江西省上饶市网友:天有神灵

Chengguan are also human/people, strictly punish [the perpetrators]!!!!

凤凰网山东省济南市网友:

“the chengguan team members were handling a Land and Resources Bureau’s aerial photography case at the time of the incident”
This time, chengguan meets a hard task.

凤凰网北京市网友:实事求是拍良心

If true, severely punish the perpetrator! Without delay!

凤凰网北京市网友:手机用户

Severely punish the perpetrators. Society should establish awareness of the law.

凤凰网天津市网友:zhdwei

The person who threw the sulfuric acid I bet is a dead man [doomed]. The crime of intentional injury can be sentenced to death if the case is serious.

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  • That oughta teach them not to bully those street sulfuric acid peddlers anymore

    • mr.wiener

      Only marginally worse than hassling the dog shite peddlers I guess. Do many places in China have stinky tofu vendors? Or is that just a Taiwanese/Cantonese thing.

      • slob

        This city I live in is full of those vendors and they stink up the entire street. Makes me want to puke so bad. I dunno how anyone can walk past shit-smelling garbage that’s been regurgitated from the asshole of a rotten camel carcass and lick their lips wanting to put it into their mouth. It tastes as bad as it smells too. Fucking GROSS.

        • Boogywoogy

          Haha, “shit-smelling garbage that’s been regurgitated from the asshole of a rotten camel carcass.”

      • Cauffiel

        I’ve been in many cities in the north and south, and there is stinky tofu everythehellwhere.

        • Warlock

          it tastes good though, oddly

          • Riddler

            Sulphuric acid?

          • Warlock

            tofu

        • 用开水烫我!

          i like stinky tofu,but i only like stinky tofu in my province.
          in my province,stinky tofu is totally white,no anything else inside.looks very clean.i love to eat steamed stinky tofu.and normally we only have this steamed stinky tofu.we do not have fried stinky tofu.
          i do not know what they put inside stinky tofu here,always super stinky and dark.with some strange thing inside.once it’s reported that some bad people they use shit to make stinky tofu.
          so i do not eat stinky tofu here unless it’s boxed.

          • 二奶头发

            Can you ask for extra stinky toufu just like you can ask for extra spicy yang rou chuar?

          • Riddler

            Well eattot says in some places they use shit to make stinky tofu. So to answer your question, yes, you probably could get extra shit.

          • MrC

            yea, you should keep your stinky tofu in your box.

          • Riddler

            Well it depends on what stinks more, the eater or the tofu:-)

          • MrC

            you couldn’t pay me enough to eat that.and im not talking tofu

          • Riddler

            What if you were offered a Bentley? :-)

          • MrC

            and drunk enough, ok yes i would.

          • Riddler

            No you wouldn’t. No one would. It does give a new dimension to the name of the one in question though.

          • 用开水烫我!

            i mean packaged from real factory.

          • MrC

            wait.
            they make tofu in a real factory?

      • BigCAD

        It’s a Hangzhou speciality.

    • MrC

      bully = acid in the face?
      Oh ok.

      • Ray

        Bully = Getting beaten to death for peddling?
        Oh ok.

        • MrC

          two wongs dont make a white you know..

          typical war mongering mentality

    • Boogywoogy

      Yep. I admit that my first reaction when I saw this was irrational glee.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Oh boy…they’ll just use this as an excuse to crack down harder.

      • Riddler

        In which case sulfuric acid sales will increase, creating new business opportunities.

        Personally I wish they would instead, use pea shooters with rice as ammo. Rice is readily available and believe me, it will irritate the crap out of it’s target, no real harm done, point made (pun not intended) and plenty of rice to harvest and cook later.

  • Guest23

    Bit too extreme of a reaction, and need more details on the attack, cause it’s a bit of a lucky shot if he/she/them managed to get 19 of them at the same time, did they gang up and got splattered?? damn shame.

    • slob

      “This morning, 3 chengguan officers had sulfuric acid thrown at them in the Tong’an district of Xiamen city, and are being treated at No. 3 Hospital.”

      “.., causing injury to 18 chengguan team members.”

      “and this incident caused various degrees of burns to 19 chengguan team members with 18 of them being hospitalized for treatment.”

      “a worker responded that the number of injured were “not that many”

      I doubt it was 18, 3 seems a more likely number.

      • Cauffiel

        Are you saying the information detailed in the report might have been fabricated??? >:-(

        • David

          I can see it now “OK, who got burned and needs to go to the hospital and get paid for it?” (18 hands go up and the 19th guy was tying his shoe).

  • Kiwi

    I knew a girl in my school who threw acid on her classmates face during lab

    • mr.wiener

      For real? That’s pretty extreme.

      • Kiwi

        Yup, hydrochloric acid. Bitches be crazaay

        • Butsu

          Had a chinese classamate in Japan, someone had thrown acid on her face as well. Such a horrible thing to do.

          • 用开水烫我!

            do not tell me some jap did that to her!!!!!!!!!!
            fucking jap, should kill all of them to sacrifice our state and flag!

          • Probotector

            The actions of an individual so not a whole nation make.
            Do not hate Japan, they never did anything to you.

            [God that’s bad grammar.]

          • mr.wiener

            I honestly can’t tell if that is the Chinese education system speaking or you are just being a dum-arse sometimes.

          • Alphy

            So if a Chinese did the same thing to say an American, should we say kill all Chinese as well? That’s absurdly racist and insane thing to say.

            Having an identity is a good thing, but don’t let your Chinese identity close you off to the world around you. Don’t start killing off people you don’t know.

          • Riddler

            To sacrifice your state and country. I cannot make sense of this.

            Infinitive of purpose-to carry out one action in order to do another one. So, that means in order to sacrifice your state and flag, you need to kill every Japanese person?

            I have an idea for you, go ahead and sacrifice your state, leave the Japanese out of this.

            You are a hate filled, anally retentive, vile, racist, cheap, stinky tofu eating specimen.

          • Riddler

            Ok now what do you have to say? @butsu has just confirmed this happened in China. NOW what do you have to say? Is it now justified in that warped head of yours to kill every chinese person? I am not sure what you look like but you have a seriously ugly brain. Presuming you have a brain. Sick little….

          • Probotector

            They probably got pissed at her calling them 日本鬼子 all the time. Apparently, that’s not an offensive term in the Chinese people’s mentality.

          • chosan

            those Japanese kids! sigh!

          • Butsu

            That happened in china though. My wording might’ve been a bit bad there. It happened way before she came to Japan, but due to the fact that her parents are loades with cash she did some extensive surgery, and with some makeup it looks pretty good. It is still pretty clear tho. Now she’s married, has a sweet job in Japan with high salary while the fucker who threw acid in her face is hopefully eating garbage in the gutter.

          • Riddler

            Was your chinese classmate from china or just ethnic chinese? Someone had thrown acid on her face? It probably happened in china. Grammatically speaking, your sentence is pretty vague at to where and when it happened.

          • Butsu

            Yeah I noticed that. No she’s from China and it happened in China.

          • Riddler

            Thank you very much for clearing that up because there is someone here wanting to wipe out every Japanese person in the world over this.

          • Butsu

            Japan has been nothing but kind to her. She managed to get a good position on a company, after a little while she threw a wedding and brought over her new husband from China to Japan.

          • Riddler

            I hear you. Every, i mean everyone from china who i know who has visited or lived in japan-loves japan. It doesn’t stop there, they often feel a deep sense of shame comparing china with japan.

        • David

          I got burned with HCL when I was in high school chemistry 35 years ago, I still have the 3 inch scar on my arm from just brushing up against the bottle.

          • Probotector

            I got hydrochloric acid on someone once when I barfed in their face.

  • MrC

    Honk Kong gangster style

  • Middle_Kingdum

    They line them up in one hospital room like airplanes on an airport runway waiting for takeoff. Assembly line medicine.

    • Cauffiel

      Photo op. If you think this opportunity to manipulate public perception about what happened was wasted, you’re crazy.

      • Riddler

        They actually look like they are all getting facials.

        • Cauffiel

          If I learned that Chinese government officials, in the wake of an attack like this, jacked off on each others faces to show camaraderie….. I would choose not to be surprised.

          • Riddler

            I actually meant in the health and spa sense:-)

  • In.utero.electroporation

    hmm.. must have been concentrated sulfuric acid.. In the US only verified employees of certified laboratories can purchase sulfuric acid or other dangerous chemicals. Also, there is usually a camera placed at the entrance of a research facility so that leaving with a bottle of sulfuric acid would be noticed. Maybe China should regulate the sale of chemicals more stringently.

    • MrC

      so the stuff in car batteries no good then?

      • In.utero.electroporation

        I guess you’re right. Now that I am looking at the pictures more carefully, the burns don’t look that severe. They could have been caused by watered down acid. A splash of pure sulfuric acid would have melted their heads. (and the perpetrator would have incurred the risk of splashing himself and breathing nasty fumes!)

    • mr.wiener

      That would be another country you are thinking of.

    • loki

      its inside of every battery that powers cars, and electric bikes… how can youy stop that ?

  • Probotector

    I predict another execution coming…

  • Cauffiel

    Sympathy = 0

  • Riddler

    Oh dear, what a loss of face…

  • mwanafa

    If you are interested you can check on wikipedia, but I managed to get a few things on oil of vitriol.

    -Sulfuric acid (alternative spelling sulphuric acid) is a highlycorrosive strong mineral acid with the molecular formula H2SO4.
    -It is a pungent, colorless to slightly yellow viscous liquid which is soluble inwater at all concentrations.
    3.Sometimes, it is dyed dark brown during production to alert people to its hazards. 4.The historical name of this acid is oil of vitriol.

    5.It’s was used by the Chinese street vendors to punish the Chengguan.

  • 用开水烫我!

    should kill this person first.

    • Riddler

      Elaborate please?

    • MrC

      no you should jump first.

      • Riddler

        She already did. That’s why its all mangled.

  • 二奶头发

    I’ve watched the chengguan in action two summers ago in harbin. A mianbao van of about 7 of them and two flat bed type trucks pulled up to a bunch of chuar / food vendors. then the 7 just starting lifting the vendors’ booths on to the bed trucks. One vendor owner protested but one chengguan put him in a headlock. The rest just scattered. when it was done the chengguan let the headlock guy go and he ran off to tell his vendor friend up the road that the chenguans were out.

  • Repatriated

    Everybody hates the chengguan. Why? Because they are actually trying to uphold laws and maintain some order on the streets.

    Think about their job. They encounter and argue with the same street vendors over and over and over. These vendors are breaking the law, and the chengguan come along and tell them so, make them leave, and maintain order. THEY are the bad guys for enforcing rules. Imagine trying to even walk down the street in some areas if the vendors were allowed to just setup shop wherever they wanted. I used to hate the bastards when they’d setup at like a subway exit and create a choke-point. Imagine being a shop owner. They’d setup their crap and block the door.

    Sure, the chengguan can be over the top sometimes…but I seriously can’t blame them. They deal with the same idiots over and over, all day long, that are breaking laws.

    • Probotector

      Chinese don’t understand why they aren’t allowed to break the law. I mean, if they really really want to, then why isn’t it okay? Personally, I like the Chengguan; really smart uniforms.

      • chosan

        emigrate more CHinese to America and South America!!!!!!! its the only solution

        • Repatriated

          China might be better to just continue the dickdance with Japan…and ultimately end up having less of an over-population problem.

          Disclaimer: it’s a joke. settle down.

          • Riddler

            What’s a dickdance?

          • Paul Schoe

            I think that ‘dickdance’ is another word for ‘pissing contest’ ;-)

          • Riddler

            All things considered, China would that.

      • radbab

        well that goes for both sides here it seems. In china nobody ever is totally right or wrong. Usually everyone is a bit right and a bit wrong at the same time, and that’s why things here are usually so messy.

        • 5,000 years of uncivilization

          Like when they smoke next to a no-smoking sign? They’ll just do it again if you tell them why it isn’t ok. They don’t really care.

    • Ray

      That’ll be probably right for the majority of the Chengguan, but I’ll say that no matter how “annoying” and disrepectful those street peddlers are, it is still wrong to go “above” the law and use violence, especially in groups when mob mentality kicks in and you’re attacking an individual.

    • Alphy

      Law needs to be maintain and uphold for them to have any meaning, and China does a piss poor job at that. The problem is Chengguan does not have legal authority to uphold the law, they aren’t even part of the police force. They can hire temp working and really sometimes just thugs to handle things police don’t want to dirty themselves with. Then when things get ugly blame it on the temporary workers. Just check the Chengguan stories, or better yet talk to them. I’ve met several here, and yep it’s not far from how they are portrayed publicly and they know it.

      Chengguan reform is just like those transparency/anti-corruption laws, everyone knows they need to fix them, but no one in power wants to.

      • linette lee

        In the China government, the people who is in power do not want to work. They want to steal money and live rich, and hire other people to do dirty work for them. All these chengguan they don’t have real power. The china people don’t respect them.

    • Justin

      Well, I halfway agree with you. A lot of times the chengguan are just doing their jobs and they are really just low-level tools of the really awful powers that be within a city. But at the same time the chengguan are often bullies and thugs that just abuse what tiny power they have to push around street vendors who are seen as poor people out there trying to make a living. You see fewer homeless in China because people are willing to go out on the streets and sell socks and shit rather than take a handout.

  • Rei Yu Tian

    These grunts are just working for a check, it’s really sad that they had acid thrown on them.

    Disfigured for life, scarred and shunned, please take a look at acid attack victims in India, Bangladesh, and Sir Lanka. Acid throwing is a very cowardly act.

    You’re not trying to kill someone, you’re making them go through a living hell, imagine you had a pretty face, or at least passable appearance, and then one day you turn into a fucking monster because someone threw acid at your face out of jealously ad spite.

    Like I have said at my previous post. Getting a street permit is hard, a bit unfair, and a bit costly. But wouldn’t doing business in peace be worth all that? A lot of these peddlers don’t have permits, the chengguan don’t beat them up first, they ask for the permit, and the peddlers give all sort of bullshit excuse why they don’t have them, and then they get asked to leave, and then appear just a few moments later, some of them don’t even leave, just standing their ground because the ground is “public” and causing a scene.

    This street peddler is a douche, someone should throw acid at his face or his family’s face and see how he likes it. What a coward.

    • Repatriated

      Exactly the same point I was making below. The real “douche” in these situations is 9 times outta 10 the vendor.

      • Rei Yu Tian

        Street Peddlers are hustlers, and hustlers don’t play fair or abide to the law. (-_-)

        • Alphy

          What I don’t get is, why do they even have Chenguan at all. I mean they are not police, have barely any oversight, and are trying to maintain public order which is the job of police to begin with.

          I am not saying there shouldn’t be people regulating street vendors, but those who do should be the police who are being held accountable by their action, not Chengguan who can hire and blame temp workers. What you have right now is a system asking for public backlash.

  • Rick in China

    I find this a puff piece seeking sympathy for one of the most horrible organizations in China. They mention nothing about what sparked the incident, just “while enforcing the law”

    Or was it just not translated, or somewhere else?

    If there really were 18 injured due to acid splash, it must have been a HUGE fight between Cheng Guan & peddlers or someone else, and I can only imagine what sort of shit they did before this happened. They make it seem as if the Cheng Guan were innocent, and these horrible people jacked them up – I have a hard time believing that to be the case. Puff piece.

    • Probotector

      I’ve never had to deal with the Chengguan before, and I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen them. The security guards that work in some of the banks Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China etc., they wear the same uniforms as Chengguan, but I’ve heard they are not the actual Chengguan.

      I have heard that they are heavy handed, but many street peddlers are working illegally. Maybe you can help me out here.

      • Rick in China

        They’re basically city management – they’re not police, but they have the ability to fine and confiscate illegal property – like street side bbq stands and stuff. They enforce city regulations & by-laws. They’re mostly made up of uneducated peasants and aren’t paid much – but, they are given significant power over the generally poorest folk..those who sell stuff on the street side to make a living, or have ‘illegal tricycles’ to transport people around. When you give the uneducated power over others from their own ‘stock’ – they often abuse it, as is the case with Chengguan in the media. There are so many cases of wild abuse and mistreatment it’s basically made most of the population hate them immensely.

        Sometimes you’ll see pick-up style trucks that look almost police-ish in style, that’s the chengguan – cruisin’ for poor people’s stuff to confiscate.

        • Repatriated

          They aren’t just “cruisin’ for poor people’s stuff to confiscate”. They are just doing their fucking jobs. The asshat vendors leave for 5 minutes after being told to…then setup again…like they just completely ignore the laws. I’ve countless times watched as the chengguan simply say “ok, you know the program, pack it up”…and 1 of 2 things happens. 1. The vendor argues for 45 minutes about how he disagrees with the law. 2. The vendor leaves…only to setup around the corner, or come right back to the same spot.

          When they show up with the truck…it’s basically the “no more mr. nice guy. You’ve ignored the law too long…time to lose your shit”.

          I’m sure these vendors feel just like inmates in that they hate the guards…only for doing their jobs.

          • Rick in China

            Yes, they are just doing their jobs. There is no corruption and extortion involved.

            Except I see Cheng Guan eating BBQ beside me at a BBQ stand that pays them, exchanging cigarettes and chatting while protecting this bbq stand, but defending the area from other potential encroachers.

            Except ‘the law’ doesn’t involve blunt force trauma murdering a watermelon seller with his own scales.

            Street vendors have been a part of China for so, so long…and while I don’t expect 100% of the population to like them being around, the truth is the hate isn’t because they ruin the street image or are causing some sort of social disruption or problem in any way – it’s that they aren’t paying taxes on their profits and are profiting while on public property without paying for any sort of authorisation. Some laws are fully justified, some are just oppressive and disruptive in of themselves, if you really want to get into the ‘right and wrong’ of it all – I’d say fuck the cheng guan in most cases, and let the poor sell their fruits or whatever, I don’t see LA cops going out of their way to crack the skulls of some mexicans on LA freeway selling mangos out of bags.

          • radbab

            yup. that’s china. that’s why it’s hard to make generalizations. Everyone is right and everyone is wrong at the same time. There’s probably a lot of asshat vendors, given the general attitude of some people here. But you surely find the same kind of people on the Chengguan side. It’s just a mess.

            It’s funny that the blame always seems to be put on the people passing the message, rather than the idiots in the city government who make the rules. Obviously there’s a conflict going on and given the above incident escalation isn’t really a good direction to go.

    • Riddler

      What on earth do you MEAN when you ask what ‘enforcing the law’ means?

      Stomping on heads, throwing them in rivers etc. Nothing out of the ordinary:-)

      Jokes aside, it is hard to empathise with either party here because given an opportunity, both sides engage in violence and this nonsense will continue in both frequency and creativity unless of course, something is done about it.

  • Probotector

    Wait, wait wait! Sulphur/sulphuric is spelled with an ‘F’ now?!

    • mwanafa

      lol, good one!

    • Riddler

      Since early 90’s, both in Britain and North America.

      • Probotector

        I know it is in America. In the UK we don’t – if it exists there, that’s just bad American influence. I remember when I did Physics is school our teacher (who was also a Chemistry teacher) said he’ll never spell it with an ‘F’. This was in 1999/2000. I think the US govt. legally changed the spelling back then. It’s like when Congress passed a law proclaiming that a tomato is a vegetable.

        • Riddler

          Well the original latin is ‘sulphur’ and yes, back in england when I was at school it was still ‘suplhur’ but then later, the ‘f’ started to creep in. In the stock trading world, they still use both and both are now deemed acceptable. Not too sure if it was the American side who made the change on this occasion.

          Despite looking like the Joker from batman when he grins, Tony Blair did extend his appreciation to US congress when he visited. He stated that he found it delightful that ‘our American friends are finally learning how to speak English correctly…..’

          I didn’t say it! Tony did!

    • Stefan Xu

      yepp, languages konstantly evolves and develops.

  • nqk123

    not very easy to manage 1.3 bil people. especially when a large group of them are still poor and less educated, and it doesn’t help when people in power abused their power.

  • 二奶头发

    In western countries how are the vendors? How are they different from ones in china?

    I’ve seen western movies and tv shows of vendors outside around parks or on the street selling stuff.

    • ADN MLS

      in big cities, few vendors are unlicensed. I’ve never lived elsewhere so I don’t know.

    • MrC

      their not so pikey.

      • Riddler

        They don’t chuck acid in people’s faces either.

        • SigridEkman

          they also don’t get beaten to death by the police

          • Riddler

            They also don’t sell fake crap.:-) Page 1 right now.

  • 二奶头发

    hehe. saw this on weibo today. has lots of chinese people talking. chinasmack should post it.

    • 用开水烫我!

      hahaha, your so funny!
      who find out such a way to make money??? genius!
      hahaha!

  • FOOTAGE of the incident

    http://v.qq.com/cover/2/2daexo1f8eo8cje.html?vid=f0013jdcbgu

    @1:28
    The guy had a water bottle full of that stuff ready and was just splashing it everywhere. Judging by the victim’s initial reaction, it doesn’t look like it’s powerfully corrosive stuff.

    • David S.

      Unless it’s hot or spread on the most sensitive parts of your anatomy (eyes, lips, need I mention it?) you won’t immediately know it’s acid and so you won’t bother washing it off with water. After a little while it begins to sting and it’s too late to avoid the burn.

      Unlike hydrochloric or nitric acids, sulfuric acid is odourless and therefore not easily identified as “not water” straight away.

  • symon

    As punishment who ever is responsible should be thrown into a pool of hydrochloric acid with no way out.

    • Cauffiel

      And how will the government-sponsoring henchmen be punished?

    • Yossa

      I was coming back from the Tongan district of xiamen and drove past an area plastered with banners denouncing the government…”so and so is a corrupt official”, "resist illegal demolitions "etc… Naturally, i assumed I was hallucinating…but I asked the Chinese guys I was driving with and they assured me, no I was not hallucinating and that police were actually reluctant to go to that area as several officers had been attacked there.

      What makes me think it could be related to this is that it was not just the chengguan who went there but it was a joint operation.

      “On [October] 16, in the Tong’an district of Xiamen city during a joint law enforcement operation with the Land and Resources Bureau, the City Management and Administration Law Enforcement Agency had sulfuric acid thrown at them, causing injury to 18 chengguan team members."

      This news hasn’t been on the local news as far as I’m aware… Maybe because the municipal government is embarrassed they have been unable to deal with the situation.

  • chosan

    thosse vendors have created a commercial fo thier crap

  • dr_barefoot

    chengguan= hoodlums, or at least people with little education (and I suspect training), “paid” to do the cops’ dirty work so that the population directs their anger at them rather than the former

  • lonetrey / Dan

    My first thought that came to mind, “Holy crap! How did they manage to hit 18 or 19 people all at once?!”

    Seriously, how did they manage to do that? Imagine, instead of throwing acid, throwing water balloons. Now try to picture hitting 18 kids/people with those balloons. Now switch it back to contains filled with acid (gotta handle with care). And people screaming/running away in fear.

    Boggles my mind how so many people were injured.

    But seriously, taking this at face value it’s a totally unfair reaction

  • al

    Get rid of chengguan and use i dunno maybe police officers?

  • DavidM

    wait I am confused the Chinese police officers were enforcing the law? I have never seen this happen, usually they turn a blind eye to the crime. If it is true I would like to support these officers

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