Ten people have threatened to commit suicide at the Haizhu Bridge, the oldest Pearl River Delta crossing in Guangzhou, since April 1. The 10, who came from across the country, threatened to jump from the bridge to attract public attention to perceived injustices against them. On Monday morning, a man climbed to the top of the bridge and announced he would jump if he did not get a media interview. The Nanfang Daily said local reporters flocked to the bridge. The man said he had been cheated out of money and had to attempt suicide to attract the attention of the public and authorities. He climbed down 20 minutes later after telling his story. Ten minutes after police had led him away, a disabled man climbed up the bridge but was stopped by passers-by. He said he wanted to protest about a lack of local government support for disabled people. There have been reports over the years that people from minority groups - mostly migrant workers - have tried to jump from the bridge because they failed to recover unpaid wages or suffered other injustices. Authorities have frequently blocked the bridge in recent weeks because of the run of suicide attempts involving various medical, labour and land disputes. Local media reported that the first eight cases of threatened suicide lasted for 131/2 hours, delaying about 48,000 commuters. During each incident, the local government sent a rescue vessel with six police officers, a fire engine with 10 firefighters, an ambulance with a doctor and two nurses, as well as between 20 and 30 traffic police and 10 other police officers - all at the public's expense. But where once the public showed sympathy for such causes, they now regard the suicide threats as too much trouble to bother with. Zhou Jingbin, a Guangzhou resident who has lived about 200 metres from the bridge for more than 10 years, said convenience was the key factor for people who chose the bridge for suicide attempts. He said compared with four other bridges spanning the Pearl River in downtown Guangzhou, it was much easier for people to climb the Haizhu Bridge because of its steel frame. But Mr Zhou said he did not believe those who scaled the bridge really wanted to die, because it was almost impossible to jump into the river from atop the structure's frame. 'They might just fall into the cycle lane or roadway, which are right under the frame,' he said.