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Shenzhen Property Management Election Thwarted by Thugs

Posted: 04/21/2014 2:12 pm

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Democracy is simply over-rated; if we, the people, were meant to elect leaders by counting votes, we would have been born with more fingers. While we can compensate by taking off our shoes and socks, the fundamental problem of democracy is that it causes more hassles than it is actually worth.

Consider the recent case of Hongshu Luzhou Neighborhood in Futian District, Shenzhen. At around 10:35am on April 14, a gang of 20-30 pipe-carrying thugs burst into a election to determine the new property management for the neighborhood, Nandu Web reported. Within three minutes of entering the compound, the thugs had stolen three ballot boxes while being recorded in broad daylight.

The neighborhood was voting to determine a new property management after the term for the current management expired in August 2013. Four new property managements were invited to be on the ballot, but not the existing one. For its part, current property management Gonglian Property Management Company has disavowed any involvement with the theft of the ballot boxes.

Property management is an integral part to the running of operations to neighborhoods and buildings. Components like security guards are hired by the property management, a circumstance that allows illegal behavior by security guards to be dismissed later by the neighborhood or institution—a situation much like the Shenzhen hospital that absolved itself of any responsibility after its security guards were recorded abusing a cat and then caught on camera beating reporters.

Tampering with ballot boxes happened before in July 2012 when thugs crashed another Guangdong neighborhood election. The video shows thugs threatening and beating voters before making off with a ballot box. Meanwhile, reform for selecting property management in Shenzhen has proposed neighborhood elections by which voters can submit ballots by text message.

With its ballots now lost, the outcome of the Hongshu Luzhou neighborhood election is thrown into chaos. If there weren’t any elections whatsoever, problems like these would be remedied before they begin. If only we could live in an ideal world in which the responsibilities of the many are shouldered by an elite group that know better—then, at last, Hongshu Luzhou residents can enjoy the harmonious property management they deserve.

Photo: Nandu


Watch: ground collapses in Shenzhen, sucking in a guy who was just walking by

Posted: 03/27/2013 3:30 pm

We all know there are dangers in China: food safety, air pollution, even the fear of buildings collapsing on shaky ground.  But at least we can somewhat mitigate against these by being hyper vigilant.

Not so for this threat: the random occurrence of the ground just suddenly giving way. It happened yesterday afternoon in Shenzhen, sucking up a security guard who just happened to be walking past.  He died from his injuries. Take a look at this shocking video:

The incident, which happened in Futian District, opened up a 5-by-8-metre sinkhole that was apparently 4 stories deep.

This isn’t the first time the ground has suddenly given way in China. One of the most recent cases happened in Guangzhou, when a building suddenly collapsed into a sinkhole.

Be careful out there.

Source: Beijing Cream



Two middle-aged men beat up security guard on Guangzhou subway

Posted: 02/19/2013 2:01 pm

There is seldom a dull moment on the Guangzhou subway. Another incident has made the news, this time on line 5.

After refusing to have their luggage checked before boarding at Dongpu Station, a man in his 40s and a man in his 60s beat up a security guard on the subway on Monday, causing severe head injuries, Southern Metropolis Daily reports.

They were seized and detained after the train stopped at Sanxi.

According to an eyewitness, a man in his 40s attacked the security guard shortly after boarding at around 6 p.m. when he refused to have his luggage checked. The man then punched the security guard repeatedly in the back of the head.

A man in his 60s later sat on the security guard when he was down, hitting him an estimated 12 times before the train stopped at Sanxi.

Authorites explained that the two men, along with two others who were carrying large amounts of luggage suspected to contain dangerous items, were arrested and the security guard was taken to hospital.

The two who beat the security guard have been detained for 3 days. The other day were fined 200 yuan each for failing to comply with authorities.

The security guard was hospitalized with concussion.


Man confesses to murder of teen Weibo star, but could it have been prevented?

Posted: 01/26/2013 9:31 pm

We bring you the latest news on the confession from the arrested 19-year-old in relation to the murder of high school student Tsang Yue Laitong. (You can read the background detail to this case from her body being found to the arrest.)

Many suspected her death was related to her constant updates on Weibo which included her whereabouts, but the accused, Meng Shuai, admits killing the 16-year-old but denies it was anything to do with her online presence.

It would seem like it was a case of wrong place, wrong time.

Meng says he acted to “take revenge on society.” Mounting problems in his personal life had come to a head. He resorted to a life of crime, namely robbery in this case, and this botched attempt was, again, for all the “unfair treatment” he’d received.

Tsang was well-liked by her classmates and teachers

Here’s more detail on what Meng told police:

Meng told police he saw Laiceng walking home alone on January 12, and he grabbed her and took her to an empty shop to rob her, according to Shenzhen Television.

But Meng told police he chose his target randomly and denied he found Laiceng based on her microblog, the TV report said.

Meng told police he had been cheated in a pyramid scam and had a tense relationship with his family. He decided to rob others to make a living and strangled the girl to death after she resisted, the report said.

(She is known as Lai Zengyutong or Laiceng Yutong in other reports.)

However, Sina reports a crucial bit of information from a witness who has spoken to the family:

Laiceng’s relatives told Shenzhen Television that a woman had witnessed a man grabbing Laiceng. The woman rushed to a factory to get help from a security guard.

The guard told her it was none of his business and no one called the police, the relatives told the TV station.

Unbelievably, the split second decision of the security guard might have cost the teenager her life, if proven to be true.


Guy attacks an ostrich as part of elaborate suicide attempt, ultimately fails

Posted: 01/23/2013 7:00 am

A man was rescued by police in a zoo in Shaoguan City on January 19 after a bizarre suicide attempt which followed even more bizarre behaviour, Shenzhen Satellite Television reports.

The man, Li, 27, from Yunnan Province, attacked an ostrich in the zoo and bit it to death in front of onlookers who included children and elderly people. He then slashed his wrists as police were called.

Xu Jianwen, deputy head of Datang Road police station told reporters that when he arrived at the scene, Li was highly excitable and simulated firing a gun at the policemen. He was already covered in blood when police arrived.

As he began to lose strength, Li lay on the ostrich’s corpse like a pillow before police approached him tentatively. He offered little resistance before police dragged him away.

He was rushed to hospital where his condition soon stabilized. However, that night, his condition worsened and he was returned to hospital. He appears to be out of the woods now. A suicide note was found on his person. The note urged his parents to have a good life, saying there was no need to worry about him anymore.

Li works as a security guard and has been described by colleagues as an introvert who is unusually quiet when at work. He was also described as being straight-forward.

Police drag a bleeding Li away from the ostrich’s corpse

The name of his company was not revealed to media.

Whether this was a genuine attempted suicide or a cry for help, I think we can all agree: the man needs help.

Li claims to have no recollection of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.


Shenzhen man awarded for donating blood 145 times

Posted: 07/25/2012 1:00 pm

A blue collar worker and red cross volunteer has donated blood 153 times without any apparent negative affects on his health, according to The Nanfang Daily. Lai Jiahe, 53, was awarded two of Shenzhen’s highest honours last year for his altruism.

He has also inspired neighbours and family members to do the same. His daughter went to donate blood on her 18th birthday, which is the legal age for blood donation in China. His neighbours and even the security guards at his building have been known to go straight from work to donate blood.

Lai has also pioneered the promotion of blood donation. He designed the city’s first leaflet to advertise blood donation and is heavily involved in promoting it online.

Lai also has an organ donor card. He claims this is due to his parents influence. In November 2006 his father died after battling a long-term illness. According to the father’s wishes, his corneas were donated to a Hong Kong man and a Hainan woman, both of whom saw their eyesight quickly recover.

Lai is a respected member of his community, known for bringing soup to the security guards and volunteering to clean leaflets from the entrance of his building.

He has also helped Chengguan bust illegal business activities.

Blood donation is widely encouraged in the city. Stations at which you can donate blood include one on the first floor of People’s Hospital on Shennan East Road in Luohu District, and one on Huaqiang Bei Road by the bus stop Jingji Dasha.


Mutilated body found, rape suspected

Posted: 07/12/2012 1:00 pm

A body thought to be of a 37-year-old woman who was three months pregnant, Zhang Shaogai, was found one week after she was reported missing. An autopsy showed that she may have been raped. Zhang’s body was found on July 7th in a bush near the reservoir which she would walk past on her way home every day in Shenzhen’s Longgang District, local media reported.

Zhang’s husband and colleagues recognized her from the keys and slippers beside the body. According to Zhang’s younger brother, who was part of the search party, his sister’s head was covered with a red plastic bag, while her pants had been dragged down beneath her knees. However, the police said as the body was badly mutilated, test results are yet to confirm whether it was Zhang’s body and whether she had been raped.

Zhang worked as an inspector with a toy factory in Henggang’s Xikeng in the subdistrict, while her husband, Liu, is a security guard at an electronics factory in a nearby neighborhood. They live in Liu’s staff dormitory with two kids. Zhang was three months pregnant with her third child before she died.

As reported by Shenzhen Evening News, Zhang usually rode a bike home but recently, had been walking home. She disappeared June 30th, the third night she embarked on the 20-minute walk. According to Liu, her husband, Zhang’s cell phone was taken when the body was found. He suspected that the motive was robbery.

Longgang Police are investigating the case.

Zhang’s elder sister devastated after seeing the body.

Naked man climbs telegraph pole in Shenzhen to imitate footballer’s pose

Posted: 06/22/2012 7:00 am

As the world goes football-mad for another summer, China’s embarrassment about the failings of its men’s football team are particularly acute. This was compounded by the imprisonment of several top officials for corruption. But the future of the beautiful game in the middle-kingdom is not all bleak. On Wednesday, Didier Drogba became the highest profile player ever to sign for a Chinese team. And the Brazilian Cleo recently had an impressive, if injury-ravaged, season for Guangzhou Evergrande, scoring 10 goals in 10 appearances.

Cleo had a distinct goal-celebration which involved pretending to use binoculars to stare into the distance. This has left a deep impression on at least one man. On the afternoon of June 19, a naked, middle-aged man climbed a telegraph pole in Shenzhen’s Bao’an District to imitate the pose. It took 3 hours for firefighters to talk him into climbing down, and an initial investigation has shown the man to be mentally ill. At 10 a.m. June 19, a reporter from Shenzhen Evening Post saw the naked man on a platform that was about half way up the telegraph pole on Fengtang Road in Fuyong Subdistrict.

There were two fire trucks at the scene, but the man did not acknowledge the firefighters’ calls to come down. He just lay there, then when the firefighters offered him food, he sat up and started speaking unintelligibly. By this time quite a large crowd had gathered, most of whom were very amused by what they saw. Then, when the man saw the photographer from the newspaper, he faced him and did the Cleo pose.

The man approached the telegraph pole shortly after 8 a.m. wearing just a pair of red underpants. After climbing the pole, he took them off and threw them down, according to a security guard who was nearby.

A firefighter told the newspaper that they could not climb the pole to rescue the man because their ladders were not designed for such a purpose, and whenever a firefighter approached the pole, the man would cower or climb even higher. The man is yet to be identified.

In 2009, a woman ran along a busy street in Foshan whilst stripping then continued running when she was naked, claiming she wanted to “purify.” In 2010, a woman streaked on and around a busy street in Shenzhen’s Longgang District, claiming that she was angry after having an argument with her boyfriend. Nobody could subdue her until police came, and some even filmed it.

Despite the country’s national team being below North Korea in the world rankings. The sport is still enthusiastically followed here. This week a 26 year-old man in Changsha died after staying up eleven nights in a row to watch the European Championship.


‘Street urchin’ volunteers to pick up garbage in Shenzhen

Posted: 06/15/2012 7:00 am

Many of us know of a social outcast who said, “One day a real rain’s gonna come and wash the scum off the streets.” A local man is taking a much more positive approach to doing just that.

A self-described street urchin has made it his one-man mission to clean garbage off the streets around his home in Shenzhen, according to The Daily Sunshine. For most of the past 9 days, Liu Jiwen, 36, has been picking up garbage on Fuyong Street in Bao’an District near Kangzhibao Department Store. Liu has been in Shenzhen for 17 years, has never had a steady job, and been a petty thief for most of that time. He is divorced and his wife has full custody of the child. When a passer-by asks him what he is doing and why, he smiles and explains he is doing what makes him happy.

On the afternoon of June 11, a reporter for The Daily Sunshine noticed a man wearing blue-rimmed spectacles, covered in dust and mud, picking cigarette butts, paper and other waste and putting it into a trash bag with his bare hands. He has become known in the area as Brother Cleanliness.

Several weeks ago he went to Shanghai with a friend. He noticed how clean the streets were, and when he saw a pedestrian drop the skin of a watermelon, he bent down and picked it up. He suddenly felt that this was a very satisfying thing to do. He decided that as soon as he returned to Shenzhen, he would spend a large amount of time every day cleaning the streets.

Liu even bends down and picks chewing gum off the street. Sometimes people see what he is doing and offer money, but he never accepts. “If I ever accepted money to do this, it would lose its meaning.”

In an interview with Shenzhen Evening Post, Liu confessed that he hadn’t always been a good person. After arriving in Shenzhen when he was 19, he got trained in Martial Arts and got a job as a security guard. However, he was fired from that job after stealing from his employer. When asked why he was doing it, he explained that he intended to turn over a new leaf, and become a good person. “I am not trying to prove anything.” His inspiration is his ex-wife Bing Bing, who he believes would be supporting his actions if she knew about it.

Liu has no source of income, and his friends are worried about him. He will often miss one or two meals a day, and recently, he spent the night in an Internet Bar because he has no fixed abode.

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