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10+ Jiangxi Chengguan Personnel Beat Up Flower Shop Couple

City management personnel in Jiangxi, China are caught on film apparently beating up the husband and wife couple that owns a flower shop.

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From QQ:

Scene of 10+ Jiangxi Chengguan Beating Up Flower Shop Couple

On the morning of October 9th, at a flower store in front of the Jinyi Hotel on Zhiyang Road of Jiangxi province Poyang county, the flower shop owner moved his fresh flowers outside to clean up inside. Then, when passing chengguan [city management personnel] wanted to confiscate/impound these fresh flowers and both sides came into conflict, over ten chengguan joined in on a group beating. A representative surnamed Li from the Poyang County City Management Department claims they shall discipline the attackers.

City management personnel in Jiangxi, China are caught on film apparently beating up the husband and wife couple that owns a flower shop.

Scene of the chengguan beating the flower shop couple.

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As it is understood, the video was recorded at 9:27am on 2014 October 9. The entire incident lasted approximately two minutes. The footage shows that at 9:27am, two uniformed individuals came out of a silver-white van marked as city management enforcement and walked directly to a storefront facing the street. Then, these two uniformed individuals came into conflict with a man wearing white and a scuffle broke out. At 9:27:36, another five to six uniformed men came out of the van, while a woman wearing a black top who went forward to stop the fight was beaten by several people in chengguan uniforms.

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“Most of what the video circulating online captured was footage of them hitting my wife, while there is only a tiny bit of them hitting me. Even now, all that has happened is us going to the police station to give our testimony, with no one doing anything about it. One month earlier, they forcibly carried away over 20 pots of asparagus fern and then had me go reclaim them, but when I did, they said they no longer had them,” shared Zhang X, the man [husband] involved.

Comments from QQ:

绿茵居

Chengguan do not have the right to use force. Any use of force is illegal behavior.

@¥@

Isn’t assault and brawling a crime? When there are light injuries and above or the situation was particularly vicious, don’t they bear criminal and civil liability? Why are they only going to be disciplined? Chengguan don’t have the right/power to beat people, do they?

BEN(枫叶)

Stop saying the chengguan this, the chengguan that. Were you present at the scene? Do you know how the whole thing unfolded? Setting up a stall wherever you please [being a street vendor] was wrong in the first place. Never mind that you’re not paying tax, you’re also obstructing the sidewalk, and have extremely bad sanitation [likely referring to street food vendors].

hu

There’s violent law enforcement even now?! Talk about fucking depressing…

简单的人

There are some shopkeepers these days who are indeed out of line. Talking to them nicely is useless and they’ll even get in your face, and what more, it’s often them who first get physical.

范没了秀

Even if the flower shop couple was at fault~ that many civil servants surrounding and beating ordinary common people~ in broad daylight~ where’s the justice in that?

一诺

Rectify the chengguan throughout the entire nation! Too vile!

陌生人丶

Once again it is these beasts coming out to bite people [cause trouble]. Only this kind of people are fit to be chengguan, so obviously black society [organized crime] collecting protection money!

恋衣坊 1998

Have the police go search these chengguan‘s homes. Hehe, each home will have a pot of asparagus ferns.

被遗忘的真心

Using power to bully people and using force has already becomes the law enforcement method of these scum. It’s despicable! Irrational/unreasonable law enforcement, harming the people!

From NetEase:

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10+ Chengguan Beat Flower Shop Couple Exposed on Internet, Official Response: Basically True

Recently, a video titled “Poyang Chengguan Beat Up Woman During Violent Law Enforcement” has been circulating online, inciting netizens controversy. On the morning of the 11th, this reporter contacted the Jiangxi Poyang County Chengguan Department, where a representative surnamed Li indicated that the content of the video is factual, and that they will discipline the attackers, but as for how they will be disciplined, that can only be made public after approval by the department’s leadership/management.

Exposed: Jiangxi province Poyang county chengguan beat up flower shop couple in violence law enforcement

After the person who exposed the incident uploaded the video online, they also added such a description “I run a flower shop on Zhiyang Road next to Jinyi Hotel. On the morning of October 9th, because there was too much dust on the flowers inside the shop, my husband and I moved the flowers outside to clean the dust. The chengguan‘s vehicle(s) happened to stop in front at this time, and from it came over ten people. Without a word, they began loading our flowers onto their vehicle(s). I went up to communicate with them, but over ten of them surrounded us as a couple and began punching and kicking us. Among them, some pulled my hair, some restrained my hands, some kicked me, causing multiple injuries to my husband and I.”

As it is understood, the video was recorded at 9:27am on 2014 October 9. The entire incident lasted approximately two minutes. The footage shows that at 9:27am, two uniformed individuals came out of a silver-white van marked as city management enforcement and walked directly to a storefront facing the street. Then, these two uniformed individuals came into conflict with a man wearing white and a scuffle broke out. At 9:27:36, another five to six uniformed men came out of the van, while a woman wearing a black top who went forward to stop the fight was beaten by several people in chengguan uniforms.

Eyewitness: Over 10 uniformed men surrounded and beat the flower shop couple

On the morning of October 11th, this reporter finally got in touch with Zhang X, the man [husband] involved in the incident. According to Zhang X, at the time, he was in the process of moving the flowers outside the shop to wipe away their dust. At that moment, two chengguan personnel came over and told me to move the flower pots into the store. Just as I was about to move them inside, they came over and seized my flowers. I’m of course not going to allow that so I seized them back. Then a lot of them came over, the group of them surrounding and hitting me. My wife tried to stop the fight and was also surrounded and beaten by four to five people. They grabbed her hair, and even hear earring was beaten flat [damaged?]. We then called the police but they wouldn’t give up, up until people from the public security bureau [police] came.

“Most of what the video circulating online captured was footage of them hitting my wife, while there is only a tiny bit of them hitting me. Even now, all that has happened is us going to the police station to give our testimony, with no one doing anything about it. One month earlier, they forcibly carried away over 20 pots of asparagus fern and then had me go reclaim them, but when I did, they said they no longer had them,” shared Zhang X, the man [husband] involved.

Afterwards, this reporter also got in touch with an eyewitness. This witness who wishes to remain anonymous said they were opposite this flower store at the time and witnessed the entire incident, that the situation was very frightening, with over ten people surrounding and beating the couple. “The chengguan said they had put their flowers on display outside but actually their flowers weren’t occupying [obstructing] that much of the sidewalk. Plus, they were just putting them just outside their own shop window.”

Chengguan representative: Will discipline the attackers, will make public after report to leadership/management

Poyang county Chengguan Vice-Captain and Office Director Li told this reporter on the morning of the 11th that the content shown in the video online is true. “At the time, we were conducting enforcement. Their flowers were placed outside and our staff went up to have them put them inside. The woman was a bit brash in her speech, and then the conflict erupted,” explained Li to this reporter.

Li also explained that the entire chengguan department was involved in doing enforcement at the time, so the entire chengguan force were all on the streets conducting enforcement, rectifying each shop one by one. “We did indeed exhibit uncivilized behavior in the course of our law enforcement, but we also hope city residents can cooperate with us in together building a favorable city environment.” This representative also expressed that they are already prepared to discipline the chengguan personnel who had committed assault, but as for how they will be disciplined, he is not yet able to disclose until it is approved by his superiors.

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呀哑吖呸 [网易江西省新余市网友]:

Once again trying to make headlines after just a few days of peace and quiet.

我拆我拆我拆拆拆 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

This was a battle, and to not dispatch such invincible troops to the South China Sea and East China Sea to protect our various islands is truly a waste of talent.

一家独大阻碍人类文明进步 [网易福建省厦门市网友]:

After investigation by the relevant departments, the chengguan who surrounded and beat the flower shop couple were the office’s temporary workers and have now been fired and arrested.

dianaross [网易天津市虹桥区网友]:

The violence/brutality of ordinary chengguan directly embodies the approach of the ruler/government towards the people.

伤情峰哥 [妙笔生花]:

Respect every person’s right to make a living. When there’s a problem, everyone stay calm and don’t be too drastic.

可馨CoShine [网易广东省茂名市网友]:

I for one hate those people who occupy the street to sell things, but I hate civil servants who have no regard for the law. Breaking the law while knowing the law, just how is that different from black society [organized crime]?

天一的天天下第一的一 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

Everyone search for “chengguan” steals/snatches “watermelon”.

Those who should’ve offered tribute/gifts didn’t, those who should’ve paid money [bribes] didn’t, so they’ve targeted you people long ago.

展望新时代 [网易山东省烟台市网友]:

It’s not easy doing business in today’s society!! We don’t ask that you help us, just that you leave us alone!!

慎为 [网易山东省日照市网友]:

Why does it seem like these bastards put on a [uniform] and suddenly have an extra life [can escape the normal consequences of their actions]? The police aren’t necessary for this? They’re fucking at least guilty of starting a fight and engaging in group brawl, intentionally hurting others. For something this big, all that’s necessary is internal discipline?

happy木风 [网易广东省广州市手机网友]:

Brash in her speech… who knows who was brash in their speech… such abusive/corrupt bastards, why don’t you go liberate the Diaoyu Islands?

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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