Beijing police punch-up

No, really – this isn’t a joke.

Beijing police brawl over pastor

Police from two districts in Beijing brawled yesterday over a Christian activist, leaving four officers and the dissident injured, witnesses said. Police in Chongwen district had been trying to suppress Hua Huiqi, 45, an underground pastor who has fought against a development project in his neighborhood. Chongwen police moved Hua out of their jurisdiction on Monday to Fengtai on the city’s southwestern edge, but the Fengtai police brought him back to his home yesterday, said Hua’s friend Zhou Li.

A fight broke out between the eight Fengtai police and a greater number of Chongwen police and men hired by the developer, New World China Land, Zhou said. In the scuffle, four police were injured and Hua was knocked unconscious, Zhou said at the Tiantan Hospital where Hua was awaiting treatment. Police declined comment.

Ironic for once that it was the Chinese Police that were on the receiving end of their own brutality.

On a more serious note, if they’re going to resolve their differences with colleagues through a public punch-up it’s not surprising that so many ordinary Chinese get treated badly when they become targets of the “law”.

The Discussion: 11 Comments

I found a video a video clip of those cops in action:

October 12, 2007 @ 2:18 pm | Comment

Should be “so-called” chinese police.

October 12, 2007 @ 3:56 pm | Comment

Some of the Chinese police are basically thugs.

October 12, 2007 @ 7:24 pm | Comment


At least the Keystone Cops didn’t beat people up every time they fell off their car!

October 13, 2007 @ 7:16 pm | Comment

“Some of the Chinese police are basically thugs.”

I see this as a gross understatement. Chinese police are thugs by definition.

October 13, 2007 @ 10:55 pm | Comment

They ought to import some American cops to teach me proper manner.

October 14, 2007 @ 9:42 am | Comment

Where’s China’s Reverend Moon? No surprise, Christians turning to violence for personal reasons.

October 14, 2007 @ 7:41 pm | Comment

Yeah, Chinese cops, American cops should teach those Chinese cops. Next time a Chinese cop acts up, an American cop should just 50 bullets into him.

October 15, 2007 @ 12:32 am | Comment

There is something colorful about being able to hire off duty chinese cops to collect money for you.

October 15, 2007 @ 1:36 pm | Comment

I’m surprised you haven’t posted something about the 20 or so Africans beaten up in Sanlitun last month

October 18, 2007 @ 12:38 am | Comment

a bunch of drug pushing thugs get beaten, american media screams about it due to their race-baiting nature and projection. big deal. they’re lucky they weren’t dragged out and shot like they would be if they were chinese citizens.

October 19, 2007 @ 6:36 am | Comment

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