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Ugly Incident: Hunan Students and Chinese Military In Violent High School Clash

Posted: 08/26/2014 11:00 am

It’s an annual tradition in Chinese schools, just as regular as the famed gaokao: military training.

Every year, military personnel teach the public and university students the finer points of what exactly they do. The training is supposed to instill a sense of pride and discipline in the students as well as to have them better appreciate the military. However, this coming together of two very different cultures – civilian and military – doesn’t always happen smoothly.

A military training exercise at a Hunan school resulted in a violent clash between a combination of students and faculty against the officers sent to instruct them, resulting in 42 injuries, Beijing News reported on August 25.

The incident happened on August 24 at Huangcang Middle School in Hunan Province during the freshmen’s training sessions. Images posted online showed medical staff tending to injured students in military uniforms. One photo showed a student flanked by several of his peers, his hand covered in blood.

During the training, a male student was unhappy about the way an officer joked with a female student, and allegedly told the officer off. He was then assigned to do push-ups as punishment. Furthermore, reports said the angry officer stomped, kicked and beat a student.

The incident took a dramatic turn for the worse when a commanding officer began beating some of his male students, infuriated that a group of students had “humiliated” an officer, the report said.

The students’ teacher, Liu Yunjie, tried dialing 120 (emergency services) for medical help, which also drew the officers’ wrath.

As one student recalled: “Some of the male students were bleeding, and teacher Liu grabbed a cellphone and tried to call 120. The military officer leading Class 22 asked him to drop the cellphone. The officer even asked his fellow officers if they should beat the teacher. One man responded ‘Yes,’ and a crowd charged towards the teacher.”

Liu was among the most severely injured victims.

Seeing officers beat the teacher triggered angry reactions from the students, who fought back. Some of the students suffered contusions and fractured bones, according to the report.

Military training for Chinese students often includes military drills, marching and harsh physical training, all of which is meant to instill a sense of national defense, collectivism, perseverance and organization.

The incident is being investigated by the local education bureau and the police.

Photos: Sina Weibo


Massive Flight Delays As China Conducts Military Exercises In Civilian Airspace

Posted: 07/22/2014 4:11 pm

delayed flightsGoing somewhere? For those of you along China’s east coast and getting ready to take a flight in the next few weeks, don’t raise your hand so fast.

Asia Today reports the following twelve airports will experience delayed flights from July 20 until August 15: Shanghai Hongqiao, Shanghai Pudong, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Hefei, Jinan, Wuxi, Ningbo, Qingdao, Lianyun Harbor, Zhengzhou, and Wuhan.

In fact, civil authorities are asking airlines to reduce their total number of flights by 25% during this time period.

The military will apparently be conducting air drills, or “high frequency exercises”, during that period. All the same, the reasons behind the air space shutdown remain secretive. Internet users Ma from Beijing and Pei from Hainan were both arrested and charged for spreading rumors online, having said “said military exercises is just a decoy”. Thirty-seven other people were warned about spreading rumors, but not arrested.

Rumors aside, the number of delayed and canceled flights is not inconsequential. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said that 101 flights had been canceled at Shanghai Pudong International Airport by mid-day July 14, and 103 were delayed by more than two hours. Across the city over at Hongqiao Airport, 98 flights were canceled.

If there is a solution to this mysterious process that will inconvenience air passengers, it would be the readily-given suggestion to bypass the use of planes and use China’s high-speed railway system instead.

Photo: Shenzhen Police 



Runner collapses at Guangzhou Marathon, dies in hospital

Posted: 11/19/2012 1:43 pm

A runner who took part in the 10-kilometre section of the Guangzhou Marathon died at around 6 a.m. today after collapsing at the race, Yangcheng Evening News reports.

Chen Jie, 21, who originally came from Maoming, was a 3rd year student at Guangdong AIB Polytechnic. He could not be resuscitated, according to the head of the coronary unit at the Ersha Dao section of Guangdong Central Hospital.

An investigation is taking place as to the cause of death and raises questions about whether he should have been allowed to compete.

According to the paper, the organizers of the marathon had arranged for 20 ambulances, 250 medical staff, 380 volunteers, and 17 treatment rooms.  More than 1,500 participants suffered from illnesses such as nausea and heat exhaustion.

As soon as Chen collapsed, seven medical staff surrounded him and found that he had stopped breathing. After 10 minutes, he was taken by ambulance to the hospital where efforts proved inadequate.

This comes after calls were made for primary and middle schools in Shenzhen to remove long distance running events from sports meetings due to safety concerns.

In September, a 13 year-old student in Shenzhen died during military training, according to Shenzhen Daily.

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