Street Peddler Beaten & Paralyzed By Shanghai Chengguan

From Sina:

5 Shanghai chengguan arrested for beating and paralyzing an illegal street vendor

peng-lin-injury-photograph-familyDue to 10 watermelons illegally stacked on the sidewalk, fruit vendor Peng Lin and chengguan [城管, city managers/city inspectors, responsible for enforcing city codes, regulations, and laws) had a violent confrontation. He was then dragged by chengguan onto a law enforcement car to be taken to the local police station. However, when the police questioned him, Peng Lin appeared dazed, even unable to sit steadily. Through medical examinations, Peng Lin was determined to have suffered brain damage, his right-hand side limbs partially paralyzed. The hospital immediately issued a critical condition notice.

According to Peng Lin, when the city inspectors dragged him onto the law enforcement and sent him to the police station, they beat him. Yesterday, Minhang police confirmed to this journalist that on 13 July, 5 chengguan personnel were arrested under suspicion of intentional assault. Presently, Peng Lin is basically no longer in life-threatening condition.

You can go to the Sina news article to see the news report video. In the video, you can see the struggle and fight between the street vendor and chengguan. Peng Lin had a knife in his hand. He also bite a chengguan in his lower leg during the fight.

Comments from Sina:


Support city managers. All city managers should be given special forces training, so they can train hard their ability to beat people and beat small businessmen and vendors crippled and paralyzed. That way the world will be peaceful and China will be strong and powerful!


Beating to death city managers and society will be stable!!! City managers are society’s cancer!!!


I am currently working hard to save money, and soon I will be able to emigrate to America, lovely America, I’m coming…


To speak conscientiously, if there were no chengguan, what do you think the city would be like! Sometimes when you cannot make yourself clear and cannot persuade them to move, you must use force. You think rural commoners/peasants are all decent people? If he did not break the rules, the chengguan would have no reason to bother him. No matter how chengguan enforce the law, it is all for keeping the city clean and orderly. If they refuse to leave and you cannot use force, if it were you, you would have long ago become aggravated! I am a rural peasant/farmer, and the circumstances in the countryside are very bad too. This is because there is no tough methods of enforcing the law. Everywhere there are piles of trash, street vendors litter wherever they want, loudspeakers constantly hawking goods. Transfer these chengguan to where I am, I warmly welcome them!


Peddler, why did you violently resist the law! Even if it is for your living, you still need to abide by the laws. If the peddler did not violently resist the law, if the city managers enforced the law in a civilized manner, then this kind of outcome would not have happened.


The completely lawless should definitely be beaten. They occupy the path with their wares, and even want to oppose those enforcing the law. They deserve it, deserve being beaten!


Street peddlers are not completely lawless, they are just trying to make a living. The truly lawless are the people with power in their hands [ex. government].


Doing evil yet again! Why can’t you guys [chengguan] get along with the people harmoniously? What law enforcement? You guys are supposed to service, manage, and safeguard the city’s appearance and order. The people you are facing are ordinary vendors and street vendors trying to survive, not criminals. What law are you enforcing? What kind of administration? Stop making yourselves look good. If you don’t change your thinking soon, the ordinary common people will consider alternatives.


What is wrong with Shanghai? What is wrong with Minhang? First a building falls over, then a perfectly fine person is beaten paralyzed. What is going to happen next?


This peddler Peng Lin is not a saint either!

[He] often monopolizes, runs amok…

A lot of the migrant workers there have all been bullied by him!

And this time, he actually wielded a knife,

violently resisting law enforcement!

He completely has himself to blame!

From KDS:

The watermelon seller was wrong, but should not be punished with lifelong paralysis!

Those speaking for the chengguan, I only have one thing to say: Grass mud horse.

Comments from KDS:


City managers have already topped gangsters.


All we know is that the people the Communist Party sent out have beaten and paralyzed the people.


LZ, this is considered an unintended incident, tragedy! I do not know if this is our tragedy our the country’s tragedy!


A hard disk that sinned and was discarded.


Actually, since it is Anhui chengguan beating an Anhui peddler, it is none of our business.


Selling watermelons but not carrying a watermelon knife, how can that be called selling watermelons??? This is the same logic as a cook not bringing a pot/pan…


Those speaking for the chengguan, come read. When Minhang District goes to clear street vendors, it is with the public sanitation departments’ personnel who each month do not even make 2000 kuai. Now that 5 people are going to jail, what will their families do?

When people are beat, the real chengguan never come out. When something happens, they call us brothers out to go take the blame. Those who have chengguan in their families cannot lift their heads [should be ashamed].


That’s why all are victims, what is is there to say?

If anything, there are just too many people.


Is there any lack of chengguan beating people news? Is this still an unexpected incident? If this kind of law enforcement method is not changed, then this kind of unexpected incident will only happen more and more. Who knows, one day it will happen to us.


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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