Five police officers were seriously injured after Chinese protestors turned on them. Police beat a street vendor at the protests, which outraged the Chinese protestors. After it was rumored that the vendor had died from his injuries, the protestors turned on the police officers, beating them and chanting “Kill them.” Some police officers escaped, while others fled to a police fan. The protestors then popped the tires on the vehicle and began smashing the windows to gain access to the van. They then began to beat up the police officers in the van.
Hundreds of rioters battered five Chinese police officers to within an inch of their lives in protest at the beating of a woman and a brutal attack on an innocent bystander.
A baying mob rounded on the officials after hearing reports they had bullied a female street vendor then attacked a man who took photos of the incident.
Eyewitnesses said the photographer was punched to the ground, then kicked and hit with a hammer for more than a minute until he vomited blood.
The violence escalated when rumours circulated the photographer had died, although other reports said he was in a stable condition in hospital.
Some of the officers fled the scene after the attack while others got inside a yellow van but were soon surrounded by angry onlookers, some of whom burst the vehicle’s tyres to prevent an escape.
It said some protesters smashed the vehicle’s windows with bricks and others overturned an ambulance.
Pictures and video posted on Chinese social media show the crowds kicking, punching and stamping on the officers while shouting ‘Kill them! Kill them’.
Five of the officers – part of the hated agency known as chengguan – were injured in the protest, with two in critical condition, the state-run China Daily newspaper reported Sunday.
But amid conflicting reports, Liberty Crier claimed at least four of them had been killed.
The incident at Lingxi city in Cangnan county in the eastern province of Zhejiang is the latest instance of public outrage triggered by the behaviour of China’s chengguan, quasi-police officials who enforce local regulations and have a reputation for brutality.
According to an account posted by the Cangnan government on its official microblog on Saturday night, the incident began when several chengguan in Lingxi demanded that a vendor stop ‘illegally’ selling gas stoves and other items, which they said were blocking the sidewalk.
The photographer, surnamed Huang, who happened to be passing by, began taking photos, and ‘after the officers demanded he stop, to no avail, both sides clashed’, the official report said.
Huang was injured in the altercation and taken to hospital, the Cangnan government said.