A “Police thug” is an actual thing in China.
The public assaulted the members of Chengguan – the local security – after some officers attacked an onlooker who reportedly attempted to take pictures of their violence towards a female street vendor.
After rumors spread that the unidentified man had been killed, the enraged residents surrounded the aggressors inside their van, and started beating them with bats, stones and sticks.
The mob was later dispersed by the riot police who transported the injured to a nearby hospital.
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The City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau, commonly known as Chengguan in China, is a local government agency which was established in 2002 in all the major cities of the country.
The unit was primarily assigned with duties that included the improvement of municipal affairs; however, the Chengguan turned intothugs over the course of ten years, using their authority and position to harass ordinary citizens over trivial matters.
The Chinese media is rife with reports of their use of excessive force while carrying out their duties, sometimes resulting in injuries and even death.
Although, there have been various protests against the Chengguan men, nothing concrete has been done yet to prevent them from using unnecessary force.
Consequently on Saturday, the distressed locals unleashed their wrath against the officials in the form of violence.
Here are some images from the incident that were posted on China’s Twitter-like micro-blogging website Weibo.