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Law enforcer attacked by street vendor

AN urban administrator in Guangzhou who was attacked by a knife-wielding street vendor on a busy street Sunday is now in stable condition.

According to yesterday’s Southern Metropolis Daily, a team of urban management officials, or chengguan, was clearing out hawker activity on Tianhe District’s Dongpu Road when Su Jiaquan was stabbed seven times — sustaining knife wounds on his head, face, hands and forearms — by a pineapple seller wielding a 30-cm fruit knife. The attacker and other hawkers at the scene immediately fled.

Su was sent by her colleagues to Tianhe District People’s Hospital in critical condition. Doctors said severe facial injuries would leave scars and affect his ability to chew.

Chengguan, whose job is to regulate street-hawking and clamp down on those without licenses, are low-level, paramilitary-like security officials. They operate separately from the police.

Su’s partner, Zhong Yongde, said passers-by did not offer to help them in any way and expressed disappointment that such an incident could happen in a bustling area.

Police said they are investigating. Guangzhou urban management and law enforcement Director Wei Weihan pointed out that the public often overlooks the dangers facing officials.

Tensions between chengguan and hawkers rose earlier this month after photographs surfaced of a Guangzhou street vendor being jostled and treated roughly by chengguan officials in front of her young daughter.

The incident triggered an outcry across Chinese social media, with many criticizing the chengguan officials for using excessive violence in restraining the woman in front of her child. (SD-Agencies)

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