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Viral video shows angry Chinese driver hitting, hurling abuse at traffic police

He was evading arrest for blurring his licence plate to avoid traffic cameras

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 February, 2017, 3:39pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 February, 2017, 3:39pm

A video of a Chinese man violently resisting arrest for a traffic violation and spewing vitriol at police officers has gone viral in recent days.

The man’s vehicle was stopped in Weifang, Shandong province, last Wednesday after police noticed that his licence plate had been blurred to evade being identified by traffic surveillance cameras, news portal Guancha.net reported.

When officers tried to apprehend him, he fought and hurled abuse at them, the report said.

A video filmed during the arrest showed the man kicking, shouting, flailing his arms around and spewing profanities at the officers, cursing their parents.

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As he resisted the arrest, he even barked: “What have you got to arrest me? I have paid more than one million yuan in taxes!”

The man was detained for 20 days and fined 2,000 yuan, the report said.

He later claimed he thought he was being robbed by thugs disguised as police officers, according to the report.

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On Chinese social media, where the video was rapidly shared and viewed, one Weibo user wrote: “Just because you have paid over one million yuan in taxes, it doesn’t mean you get to not follow the law. Every citizen ought to unconditionally obey the law.”