Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


China city officers beat old man to death

09 April 2014, 15:11

Beijing - Chinese police said on Wednesday they are investigating the death of an elderly man, after reports that he died following a beating by city enforcement officers triggered outrage online.

The urban management personnel known as "chengguan" enforce local regulations and have a poor reputation in China, where stories of their brutality regularly spark outcries.

The man, aged around 70, tried to mediate in a dispute on Wednesday between the officers and a market vendor in Fuzhou city in the eastern province of Fujian, the Strait News said.

The chengguan were suspected of beating him and he died at the scene, the newspaper said on its verified account on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo.

The newspaper forwarded a posting that quoted witnesses as saying two chengguan chased the man for "dozens of metres". At one point one was strangling him while the other punched him, the poster added.

"We are investigating on the scene," a local police officer surnamed Chen told AFP, confirming that the man was dead but declining to provide any further details.

The incident - the latest abuse case involving chengguan - was the third hottest topic on Sina Weibo.

"How do chengguan differ from thugs?" wrote one user. "The first thing that comes into my mind when chengguan are mentioned is beating people. I can't remember how many times I have read about chengguan beating people up."

In one of the highest-profile examples, four chengguan in the central province of Hunan were sentenced to between three and a half and 11 years' jail in December over a dispute that left a roadside watermelon vendor dead.

Local media reported that the officers beat the vendor to death for operating without a licence, with one smashing his head with a metal measuring weight.


Tags china

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Kenya says will return to interna...

Kenya will return to international markets to borrow when it feels the time is right, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said on Tuesday. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Deal with corruption or lose in 2...

A Jubilee Party MP says that the unending corruption claims against the government are killing President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election efforts for 2017. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
MP accuses Raila of making up fal...

An MP has accused CORD leader Raila Odinga of bringing up non existent corruption scandals to hurt the Jubilee government. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Leave office if you can't handle ...

Leave office if you cannot handle corruption, an MP has told President Uhuru Kenyatta. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Give me the chance to unseat Uhur...

Give me the chance to send President Uhuru Kenyatta home, Kalonzo Musyoka tells Kenyans. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Explain your foreign trips since ...

Explain your foreign trips, Musalia Mudavadi tells President Uhuru Kenyatta. Read more...