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  1. News - China

    Video: Chinese officers filmed stamping on bike shop owner's head are sacked

    Posted Jun 05th 2013, 10:12am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com A video clip of a chengguan para-civilian police officer jumping on the head of a defenceless man has re-fuelled a long debate about brutality by the urban management force in China. Following an outcry over the viral video, the Urban Management Bureau in Yanan said on Tuesday that it had fired five chengguan and promised a criminal ...

  2. News - China Insider - Chengguan

    Death of sugar cane seller reignites debate on reforming chengguan

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 10:41am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Hunan chengguan deny involvement in death of Xu Lizhong Contradictory statements about a sugar cane seller’s death have added fuel to an ongoing debate about excessive violence by chengguan, members of an official force tasked with enforcing municipal bylaws. Photos of a dead man lying next to a chengguan vehicle circulated widely ...

  3. News - China - JUSTICE

    Chengguan violence escalates with police beating

    Posted Jul 26th 2013, 12:05pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Enforcers use police baton to beat officer A policeman has been beaten up in Qinghai province by a group of men, sparking outrage in the latest episode of violence by the notorious urban management force or "chengguan". Ren Jie, a policeman in Xining, the provincial capital, suffered injuries to his head when a group ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Could a Hunan hawker be the one to ignite China's very own Arab Spring?

    Posted Jul 19th 2013, 04:11pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Can the death of a Chinese watermelon seller trigger the same tidal change that the death of a vegetable vendor in Tunisia did across the Middle East? On Wednesday night in Linwu county, Hunan, riot police clashed with hundreds of unarmed protesters. Two days later, photos of men and women in blood-soaked clothes, some crying, some livid ...

  5. News - China

    China's rule enforcers say they're 'misunderstood'

    Posted Apr 16th 2013, 10:07am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler An "urban management official", or chengguan, has probably one of the most unrewarding jobs in China. Short of being police officers, these municipal employees are tasked with enforcing city rules such as bans on hawking or begging.  Frequent episodes of "excessive" and arbitrary violence against often poverty-striken migrant workers have given ...



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