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Chengguan Brawl with ‘PLA Soldiers’ Over Forced Demolition

Qingdao, Shandong, screenshots from a video purportedly showing a brawl between China's chengguan city management officers and PLA soldiers over the demolition of a guard building.

Qingdao, Shandong, screenshots from a video purportedly showing a brawl between China's chengguan city management officers and PLA soldiers over the demolition of a guard building.

From Youku:

Qingdao City Management Forced Demolition of Military Compound Guard Room Fight, People’s Liberation Army Greatly Outnumbered

2013 September 4th afternoon 5pm, Shandong Qingdao city Laoshan district Shilaoren village, a government-on-government farce occurred at a military compound. Over a hundred chengguan beseiged a guard room at a military compound, with the intent to forcibly demolish the guard room.

It was a scene of chaos. At first, a chengguan officer that arrogantly charged into the compound was knocked to the ground by a People’s Liberation Army soldier with a stick and then a fierce conflict broke out between the two sides. It was a brawl but in the end, due to the chengguan having more numbers, the military compound side was unable to resist them, and the PLA was beaten into retreat.

The chengguan brought in an excavator, and the guard room ultimately was forcibly demolished.

China’s chengguan were established in 1997 initially to manage the problem of transient street peddlers and vendors. However, as everyone knows, the chengguan system was unconstitutional from its very appearance, while the illegal conduct of chengguan and the criminal activities of individual chengguan officers during law enforcement have long ago become too numerous to count. The chengguan are always ruthlessly trampling upon China’s legal system, enormously menacing the safety of the Chinese people’s lives and property. Nowadays, the chengguan department can build a 30-floor luxurious building, can park innumerable luxury public cars [cars purchased with public money for government use] below it, can use violence against roadside peddlers who choose to make a living without stealing or robbing, even crippling and killing them, and can also fight with innocent pedestrians. Chengguan have long ago become a synonym to “gnashing of teeth” for the ordinary common people, with the people both detesting and fearing them.

Now the chengguan have become so arrogant and unbridled that they dare go to the military’s front gate and use their illegal existence and illegal methods to prevail against a lawful government machine [organ, the military], which shows that the struggle between China’s departments of differing power long ago reached a peak, with various departments fighting each other for their own power, exploiting and trampling on the ordinary common people.

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From NetEase:

Qingdao City Management Officers Forcibly Demolish Military Compound, Chengguan and Guards Brawl

September 4th afternoon, Qingdao City Laoshan District Shilaoren Village, over a hundred chengguan besieged the guard room of a “military compound” with the intent to forcibly demolish the guard room. At first, a chengguan member was stopped after charging into the camp and then a fierce fight broke out between the two sides, with the chengguan ultimately using the excavator and forcibly demolishing the guard room. Photos are of the People’s Liberation Army [PLA] blocking the excavator with the chengguan going forward to stop them and both sides coming to blows.

September 4th afternoon, a “Scene of Qingdao chengguan forcibly demolishing military compound guard room” video spread on the internet. Based on what’s shown in the video, several Qingdao chengguan operating an excavator attempting to demolish the guard room of a military compound were stopped by many military compound guards, leading to an explosive brawl between the chengguan and the military guards. From what can be seen in the video, fierce conflicts occurred between both sides as they stood off against each other, but the guard room was in the end still forcibly torn down once after the arrival of the excavator.

Qingdao, Shandong, screenshots from a video purportedly showing a brawl between China's chengguan city management officers and PLA soldiers over the demolition of a guard building.Qingdao, Shandong, screenshots from a video purportedly showing a brawl between China's chengguan city management officers and PLA soldiers over the demolition of a guard building.

Qingdao, Shandong, screenshots from a video purportedly showing a brawl between China's chengguan city management officers and PLA soldiers over the demolition of a guard building.Qingdao, Shandong, screenshots from a video purportedly showing a brawl between China's chengguan city management officers and PLA soldiers over the demolition of a guard building.

Qingdao, Shandong, screenshots from a video purportedly showing a brawl between China's chengguan city management officers and PLA soldiers over the demolition of a guard building.Qingdao, Shandong, screenshots from a video purportedly showing a brawl between China's chengguan city management officers and PLA soldiers over the demolition of a guard building.

Comments from NetEase:

nj8421 [网易河北省邢台市手机网友]:

The facts show that chengguan are stronger than the military.

风毒翩翩 [网易上海市网友]:

No wonder during the Diaoyu Islands incident, it is the chengguan who [people] first think of, and not the military.

网易浙江省杭州市手机网友(115.195.*.*):

Don’t know if this is lack of common sense or sensationalist claptrap. Just because there are a few people wearing camouflage clothing, you say it is a military compound. Have you ever seen a military compound? Have you ever seen the summer outfit for the PLA? Have you ever seen an unfortified military compound? What local government would dare attack a military compound??? Before the day is out, the [local] Party Secretary and Mayor would be locked up in a military prison waiting to be tried by a military tribunal, or worse, immediately used as target practice! No wonder [the government] is vigorously cracking down on internet rumor-mongering! It deserves to be heavily cracked down upon!

网易江苏省南京市手机网友 ip:117.89.*.*: (responding to above)

As someone who came out of a military compound [was in the military], I must ding this person who knows.

网易河北省沧州市手机网友 ip:211.143.*.*:

I bet on the chengguan winning! Hahaha

网易福建省泉州市手机网友 ip:110.81.*.*:

Mighty chengguan, you can go protect the Diaoyu Islands, and the soldiers can come home to rest.

趙剛一糕衰負 [网易山东省青岛市网友]:

I seriously question our military’s fighting strength. If they can’t even prevail against the chengguan, how can we even talk about defending the country….?

梵高遛狗不挑品种 [网易山东省东营市网友]:

Fuck, looks like having the chengguan liberate the Diaoyu Islands really isn’t a rumor!!!

网易广东省深圳市网友 ip:119.136.*.*:

If this is fake, starting a rumor that is forwarded 500 times will be investigated for criminal liability. I’ll contribute…

[Note: This comment refers to another popular news story today where China’s Supreme People’s Court and People’s Supreme Procuratorate said slander or libel [“rumors”] that is forwarded over 500 times or read 5000 times may be liable for criminal prosecution.]

网易加纳网友 ip:41.215.*.*:

Qingdao chengguan are mighty! Chengguan are indeed the most powerful. Resolving the Taiwan Problem, recovering the Diaoyu Islands, and capturing Tokyo….all of this now depend on the mighty Chinese chengguan!

醉眼看人家 [网易浙江省温州市手机网友]:

Even the PLA can’t resist the prestige of the chengguan.

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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