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Police Officer Shot Twice in Guangzhou Shootout [UPDATED]

Posted: 09/17/2014 8:49 am

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A police officer and civilian were injured following a shootout with a suspected drug dealer in a Guangzhou alley near Nantian Road in Haizhu District, reports CCTV.

The suspect, described as a “white powder auntie”, was doing drugs with a group of people when spotted by police. The confrontation between police and the suspects escalated into a gunfight according to an eyewitness.

A civil police officer was shot twice in the abdomen. Another bystander sustained minor injuries. As of 9pm on September 16, Nantian Road was still on lockdown in both directions.

Several SWAT teams and firefighters were seen in the area. Xie Xiaodan, the Guangzhou Deputy Mayor and Chief of Police, is reportedly presiding over the scene.

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UPDATE 3:50 September 17: The standoff between police and the suspect ended when police raided a second-story apartment and shot to death the suspect inside, reports Sina Weibo.

The raid occurred around midnight in which SWAT police officers broke down the door to suspect Wang’s apartment, and shot her.

The civilian that had accompanied a civilian police officer and had been described as sustaining minor injuries is now reported dead.

Another updated piece of information is that police officer Li Yun had sustained three gunshot wounds, and not two as earlier reported. Li is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

Photos: Beijing Youth Report, Sina Guangdong, CCTV, Yangcheng Evening Report


Knife-Wielding Expat Shot Dead By Police in Downtown Foshan [UPDATED]

Posted: 08/12/2014 7:54 pm

foreigner shot foshan A male foreigner is dead after being confronted and shot by police when reportedly wielding a knife and attacking people in downtown Foshan, Guangdong Province.

At around 6pm on August 10 at the entrance to Huangqi Yifu Plaza, a man described as “dark-skinned” was carrying a knife with a blade estimated at 20cm long that he used to chase and stab pedestrians, reports Foshan Daily.

Police from the Nanhai sub-station were dispatched to the scene where they were able to successfully corner the suspect at Huangqi Bridge. When trying to subdue the suspect, police were met with force as the suspect violently resisted arrest and used the knife to attack police.

Police are said to have fired two warning shots to no effect. Police then opened fire on the suspect, who was struck in his right and left legs. Subdued, the man was sent to hospital for medical treatment.

Later that night at 8pm, the man died in hospital. A urine analysis has showed that the suspect was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the assault.

No other casualties have been reported. The nationality of the man is unknown.foreigner shot foshan 01


UPDATED 11am, August 13: Pictures from the incident have been added.

There are no reported updates on the police investigation into the man’s death. Here is a link to a news clip of the incident.

Photo: Sina News Video


Police in Henan Mistakenly Arrest Cosplay Students Thought To Be Terrorists

Posted: 08/10/2014 10:55 am

student cosplay terrorism anime police warning shotCould you identify a terrorist if you saw one? Police in Henan Province certainly think so as they arrested two students wearing cosplay costumes while walking in a park.

The Chengguan police sub-station in Luoyang received a report at 8pm on August 2 saying two suspicious people wearing dark clothes and carrying weapons in Nanling Park might be terrorists, reports Sina.

Police found the suspects walking at the park’s west gate. Bystanders were confused by their appearance and ran away, while one girl apparently cried at the sight of the two people. They were wearing black gowns and masks with a red “F” embroidered on the forehead, and were carrying objects that appeared to be scythes.

Police confronted the suspects and demanded they put down their weapons and raise their hands. The suspects mostly complied, but forgot about the “weapons” in their hands. This prompted the police to discharge their weapons and fire a warning shot into the air.

After the two were taken into custody, it turned out both suspects are high school students and fans of an anime show. The black robes are cosplay costumes that they had bought online and were  accompanied by fake toy scythes. After receiving the costumes they put them on and then went out to the park.

The pair were detained for five days for disturbing the peace. Because the two are minors, they will not face criminal charges. After being criticized by school authorities, the two were set free.

Photo: Sina



Shenzhen Cops Teach Children How to Use Guns

Posted: 07/17/2014 9:00 am

shenzhen police kids with gunsChildren, if you’re finding this summer vacation to be really boring, the Shenzhen police have a suggestion for you: learn how to shoot a gun.

The Shenzhen Public Security Bureau recently wrote a post on its official Weibo account that told everyone about an event they were holding. Along with demonstrations of rappelling down the sides of buildings and showing off their robots, the Shenzhen police gave a hands-on demonstration for local children in how to wield firearms.

These guns may not have been loaded with ammunition or have been functional weapons, but they certainly look real enough that a Shenzhen child will never be able to touch a gun like it ever again under China’s gun ban.

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That is, unless they become a police officer or soldier. Or a criminal.

Comments left on the Shenzhen PSB’s Weibo post include:

I don’t know if teaching children to use guns is a good thing. It’s hard to say.

Excuse me, but does your activity run for a couple of days? I want to bring my child down to have a look!

Kids, uncle (police officer) can’t use them; can you use them?

What kind of an activity is this?

Kid, stop with that sniping, that’s me! [goingwild.emo]

Here are more pictures of Shenzhen children, packing heat:

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Photos: Shenzhen PSB


Police Open Fire On Hostage-Taker at Guangzhou Bus Terminal, One Dead

Posted: 06/28/2014 7:43 pm

guangzhou bus station hostage knife attackerA man has been shot dead while attempting to take a hostage at a busy provincial transportation hub in Guangzhou, reports the Pearl River Times.

At approximately 12:30 this afternoon, a 39 year-old man from Yunnan named Li tried to kidnap a woman with a knife at the Guangzhou Provincial Bus Terminal. According to the official account of what happened, Li refused when police ordered him to put down the knife, then tried to attack the police. Police opened fire, killing Li at the scene.

The hostage was rescued, and neither her nor anyone else is reported to be injured.guangzhou bus station hostage knife attackerguangzhou bus station hostage knife attackerguangzhou bus station hostage knife attackerguangzhou bus station hostage knife attackerguangzhou bus station hostage knife attacker

Photos: Shenzhen Official Account, Pearl River Times


Weekend Gallery: Defend Your Homeland by Using Your Leg as a Gun [UPDATED]

Posted: 06/14/2014 2:17 pm

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Weekend Gallery is your weekly compilation of photos from around the Chinese internet.

UPDATE 8pm July 16: As pointed out by Quartz, the entire “leg gun” meme can be traced to prolific attention-getter Ai Weiwei as seen on his Instagram account.

Ai had earlier shared a photo from the ballet Red Detachment of Women (seen at the very end of this post), and is the likely inspiration for this meme.

Ai hasn’t been clear as to what the “leg gun” meme originally signified, but it appears Ai’s creation has now come to occupy a similar spot as the “shootering” military meme in which users mimicked workers on the new Chinese Liaoning aircraft carrier signalling jets to take off: as a symbol of national pride and sovereignty.


A bunch of internet users in China have been photographed pretending to use their legs as guns in the latest internet meme to hit the country.

 READ: Understand Spoken Chinese Commands When
a Cop is Pointing a Gun at You

If you’re wondering who is on the other end of these leg guns, this registered Weibo user explained it this way:

Ever since society and work (internet) circles have invented the wonderful use of the “leg gun”, the result has been significant! Everyone is learning this in order to defend our country. It appears that through the use of this heavenly trick, chengguan are resisting forcible tear downs, while national defense is dealing with Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Come and practice, everyone! Vigilant dancing aunties of the public plazas of the capital with your red sleeves: you too must practice with us!

Our only disappointment is that with such a display of lethal feet and footwear, no stilettos are to be found.

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READ: Five Injured When Police Handgun Goes Off at
Kindergarten Safety Demonstration

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READ: Guangdong a Hotbed of Guns in China

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READ: Armed Police to Keep Foshan Gaokao Exams Quiet From Dancing Grannies

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And now, the ladies:

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READ: Guangdong Anti-Smoking Campaign Compares a Penis to a Gun

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Armed Police to Keep Foshan Gaokao Exams Quiet From Dancing Grannies [UPDATE]

Posted: 06/5/2014 3:03 pm

granny dancing disturbanceExaminations for high school students applying to enter university, colloquially termed the “gaokao”,have  recently gotten some unexpected support. A representative for gaokao enrollment for Foshan states that every gaokao examination in the city will be accompanied by armed police officers, reports the Southern Metropolis Daily.

As students take the examination, they will be accompanied by two police officers with guns that will be stationed at every examination room. Furthermore, armed police will patrol the perimeter of the examination sites and investigate anything within a distance of 200 meters.

READ: Student in Guangzhou Stabbed in Throat Just After Completing the Gaokao

This may seem excessive as gaokao examinations can be counted upon to be the most quiet of places that would ever be the site of a disturbance, but that’s actually the point: Police may sent to the gaokao exams for the purpose of preserving the peace, literally.

Over in Fengtai District in Beijing, chengguan had given a written proposal to the “dancing aunties” that dance in a plaza located next to the No.12 Middle School. The chenguan, otherwise known as city management workers with a bad public reputation, had requested the “dancing aunties” stop playing loud music in the square and dancing so as not to disturb the 400 students preparing for the gaokao .

READ: Netizens Outraged as Chengguan Beat Mother in Front of
2 Year-old Child in Guangzhou

The proposal was rejected. The dancing grannies, estimated at two to three hundred strong, continued to dance once the chengguan had left.

“Dancing grannies” have been a formidable force in Chinese society that many residents have taken offense against. “Dancing grannies” are known for disturbing of the public with the loud music played during their dancing, and have come to prominence with a picture of them performing in the square in front of the Louvre.

Locally, the issue of “dancing grannies” had come to light recently when the mayor of Sydney expressed interest in the activity during a visit to Guangzhou, to which an overwhelming majority of Chinese netizens responded with “Take them all, please.

READ: Mayor of Sydney Interested in Importing China’s “Granny Dancing”

We imagine that armed police will be able to help preserve the peace at a gaokao examination, and perhaps by being armed, police will be able to win any arguments had against “dancing grannies”.

UPDATE 3:30pm, June 5, 2014: It’s become official: Shenzhen has now put noise restrictions upon any area within 500 meters of an examination site during this weekend, and during the upcoming senior high school examinations taking place on June 21 and 22.

While dancing grannies may be affected, the noise ban seems to be more directed at construction sites, putting a RMB 30,000 fine on any site that violates the regulations.


Photos: Xinhua, the Nanfang


Man Kills Himself in Frenzied Gun Battle With Hong Kong Police

Posted: 06/3/2014 6:05 pm

gun standoff hong kong battle fight shootingA pitched gun battle against Hong Kong’s elite police forces on June 1 has ended with a murder suspect dying from a gunshot wound.

Dead is 51 year-old Li Deren. Police say Li shot himself, presumably with his own gun.

The suicide comes after an hour-long standoff with police in which shots were intermittently fired throughout.

Police with dogs, gas masks and sub-machine guns were seen converging upon the apartment complex in Choi Hung District at around 11am as crowds and reporters were continually pushed away from the scene and moved behind cover.

The suspect was seen at one point outside his own apartment window, holding a gun to his own head.

After two police officers were seen rappelling down the side of the high-rise apartment building, a frenzied gun fight took place with as many as 20 shots fired, according to some media outlets. Bright flashes and smoke could be seen coming through the window of the suspect’s apartment.

Li was wanted in conjunction with a shooting murder that took place at the same apartment complex.  On May 31 at 11pm, an air conditioning technician was shot three times in the chest after a heated argument that took place in the elevator atrium.

Current developments indicate the suspect is the father of Li Yuetong, a woman involved in an extra-marital affair with director Peng Xun, himself married to film star Li Xinhao. However, no direct connection to the case has been established yet.

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Photos: Shenzhen Police via Weibo, People’s Daily


Five Injured When Police Handgun Goes Off At Kindergarten Safety Demonstration

Posted: 05/30/2014 10:07 am

henan gun dischargeFive people were hurt when a police handgun accidentally went off during a safety demonstration given by police at a kindergarten in Henan Province, reports CCTV News.

The incident occurred yesterday at around 10am at the Haiwen Experimental Kindergarten in Zhengdong New District, Zhengzhou.

Nobody was hit when the gun went off, but some were injured when the bullet hit the floor, causing fragments of concrete to hit spectators.

Injured are four parents and one child, mostly with light wounds. All victims have been treated at the No. 3 People’s Hospital in Zhengdong New District and are expected to be released from hospital in the next three to five days.

Photo: CCTV via Weibo

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