Chengguan Attacked & Disfigured by Street Peddler in Guangzhou

The wounded chengguan Su Jiaquan.

The wounded chengguan Su Jiaquan.

From QQ:

Guangzhou City Management Official Hacked 7 Times by Street Peddler, Might be Disfigured

March 17, Guanghzou, chengguan staff member Su Jiaquan was still receiving medical treatment in ICU. At about 2pm that afternoon, two chengguan staff members from the Guangzhou Tianhe District Chepo Street Chengguan Law Enforcement Squad were enforcing the law attempting to persuade a street peddler selling pineapples on the roadisde [to cease and disist] when the street peddler suddenly drew out his knife and attacked them. 27-year-old chengguan staff member Su Jiaquan received 7 knife wounds on his body, 5 of which were on his head and face, which might lead to disfiguration. According to reports, the street peddler who attacked him is a man around the age of 40, and at the time of this report has yet to be brought to justice, with Guangzhou Deputy Mayor Xie Xiaodan having already ordered that all efforts be made to apprehend the assailant.

nded chengguan Su Jiaquan.

As it is understood, Su Jiaquan’s masseter muscle from the left corner of his mouth to his left earlobe has been cut, exposing his parotid gland. There is a 10cm knife wound on the temporalis of the left side of his head, but fortunately his skull isn’t damaged. On his face and behind his ear are an additional 3 minor wounds. His left forearm has a 4cm long knife wound from trying to block the knife, a deep wound that reaches his ulna. The middle finger of his right hand is also wounded. According to Su Jiaquan’s attending doctor Wang Fusheng, there are altogether 7 knife wounds on Su Jiaquan’s body, 5 of which are on his head and face, which may very likely leave scars causing disfiguration in the future. “He was primarily wounded on his head and face, and due to abundant capillaries, he lost a lot of blood.”

The brother-in-law of the wounded is comforting the sister of the wounded.

The brother-in-law of the wounded comforting the sister of the wounded.

Su Jiaquan’s sister is in tears.

Su Jiaquan’s sister also expressed her worry: “He’s only 27, his son is only a little more than 1 year old…” Su Jiaquan’s sister repeatedly complaining in tears: “It’s the street peddler who attacked the chengguan! I’m very worried about how he’s going to live in the future!”


Witness Ms. Su

There was a minor physical conflict between both parties

Dongpu Road intersection parking attendant Ms. Su witnessed the incident. She said this intersection is a hot spot for illegal street-side peddling, and chengguan often come home to enforce the law. The day the incident happened, there were several street peddlers doing business there, but they all fled upon hearing the loudspeaker from the chengguan’s patrol car. The two chengguan officers may have raised their voices a bit during their effort to persuade [the street peddlers to leave], and during the second instance, though the street peddler had backed off over a dozen meters or so, he showed no indication of leaving. Upon seeing this situation, a little physical altercation occurred between the chengguan and the street peddler. However, as to who first became physical, and how they were physical, Ms. Su did not see clearly as she sat in the parking attendant booth.

The other law enforcement staff member

The indifference of the surrounding people makes me very sad

In this Sunday street peddler wounding incident, the other chengguan staffer Zhong Yongde that accompanied Sun Jiaquan during the patrol is a witness to the entire incident. Yesterday [March 18] afternoon, after giving his testimony and looking weary, he accepted a press interview. Upon mentioning this incident, what he felt most is sadness. “I saw my own colleague being hacked bloody while trying to enforce the law through persuasion and advisement, yet none of the surrounding people helped us, I’m really unhappy.”

That Sunday afternoon, the wounded Su Jiaquan wouldn’t stop bleeding, and quickly was covered from head to toe with blood. Zhong Yongde too had no time to call for help, and hurriedly helped Su Jiaquan back to the patrol car. Though this took place on bustling Dongpu Road, not a single passerby was willing to help them. “The surrounding crowd were very cold and apathetic, and I felt very sad then.”


Comments from QQ:

腾讯保定市网友 JACK穷死:

I don’t know what actually happened, but I don’t think anyone would hack someone for no reason at all, because after all that’s a crime, and if it weren’t because someone was left without a choice, would would willingly break the law? The indifference of the bystanders I think is their indifference toward the government’s credibility, is it not?

腾讯网友 岁月如水:

“Su Jiaquan’s sister also expressed her worry: ‘He’s only 27, his son is only a little more than 1 year old…’ Su Jiaquan’s sister repeatedly complaining in tears: ‘It’s the street peddler who attacked the chengguan! I’m very worried about how he’s going to live in the future!’”

A street peddler beats a chengguan and it’s on the news, but how many street peddlers have chengguan beaten? And why do those rarely make the news? Society is unfair/unjust!!!

腾讯上海市网友 一线天:

Maybe he was unjustly hacked, and because the organization he represents has no public credibility, the ordinary common people have no sympathy, so this isn’t a problem between the attacker and the attacked. In fact, the more important problem is not where the murderer is, but the problem that causes this kind of phenomenon, and how to solve it!

腾讯泉州市网友 王雪琼:

I don’t know what’s the matter with this society. First it’s chengguan choking a street peddler, making a little girl cry. Now, it’s a street peddler hacking a chengguan, whose child is only 1 year old. Who’s right and who’s wrong? But they all have children, and it’s the children who suffered.

腾讯网友 ﹏ExCiteMen:

Chengguan is a high-risk occupation, the people they must manage all being of low character and at the lowest levels of society. What can you do? Cities need to be managed. The characters of many people with little education in China are indeed hard to understood. One makes a living earning a salary, while the other claims to be trying to feed their families. But aren’t chengguan also trying to feed their families? Everyone is just trying to make a living. If chengguan stopped doing their job, I think even more people would be criticizing them. Support the chengguan, and compared to the civil servants who sit safely and comfortably in their offices, I think their treatment and supervision should be adjusted, because who would be willing to do such tough work for a 2,000 yuan salary only to have the people curse you all the time~?

腾讯网友 天枰小兵:

This is a tragedy! Not only a tragedy for chengguan, but also for street peddler. and of course, the most important of all, it’s a tragedy for our nation. The street peddler only wanted to survive, and the chengguan was just trying to do his job. The press too are only briefly reporting on it, which means nobody will care about it a few days later anyway. In all likelihod, there will be even more homicidal street peddlers as well as even more chengguan getting hacked. The tragedy is just beginning~~

腾讯惠州市网友 以成败论英雄:

Those street peddlers are also only trying to make a living! They also have children and families! Why do we insist on not giving them the space to survive? Why cut off their only way to survive? In fact, they are also serving the people! If we didn’t have those people selling things, where would the ordinary common people nearby go to buy things? How far would they have to go very far to buy things? So, have you people ever thought, what if it were you? Don’t you not eat and wear clothes? Do you not want to buy cheap things? Don’t tell me you want to go to a very distant supermarket to buy things? Are you willing to waste your time? And to pay twice the price! Would you? Would you? Giving them a way to survive is to also leave yourselves a way to live, with more convenience!

腾讯烟台市网友 柳青青:

Do business on the street should be managed/controlled, it’s a danger to pedestrians and vehicles. Support chengguan’s management.

腾讯西安市网友 稻草人:

Not having others join in on hacking at him is already good enough…

腾讯济南市网友 雪落有声:

This news is one-sided! To report only the chengguan’s side as the truth is extremely irresponsible behavior! There needs to be an interview with the street peddler and the statements of the passers-by!

Comments from NetEase:

兕啵児 [网易重庆市武隆县网友]:

Those who think the hacking was well-deserved… please click the lower right corner. [10,802 upvotes at time of translation]

空亦空 [网易广西南宁市网友]: (responding to above)

The young man is innocent, it’s the abuse of power and this damned system that should be hacked.

luoweiyl126 [网易广东省深圳市网友]: (responding to 兕啵児)

Good, good, good.

黄易盖楼我搬砖 [网易浙江省温州市网友]: (responding to 空亦空)

There are many other occupations, but he chose to be a chengguan, so he deserved it!! Just this morning, I read on the A6 section of the local newspaper: Street peddler involved in Guangzhou “manhandling incident” is Wenzhounese, yesterday when being interviewed by the reporter of the newspaper said, ”I am going to sue, if only to get justice.”

龙德云 [网易广东省汕头市网友]:

People downstairs [people who comment after this one], don’t laugh!!!

小Bing快到我碗里来 [网易赤道几内亚网友]:

I am a chengguan, and street peddlers like this are truly lawless and out of control. In today’s society of law, how can things like this still happen? Those 2B who are cheering this, I’m telling you, you are sick, and need to be treated!!

clz123456 [网易湖北省十堰市网友]: (responding to above)

Treated your mother’s cunt, if it weren’t for you guys constantly running amok creating outrages, how would there be so many people that hate you!


Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.


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