A street vendor arrested for faking death to claim compensation pretended he had been killed in a beating by the notorious urban management workers, known as chengguan.
More than 10 men held the vendor’s “corpse” on a gurney in Wuhan city, Hubei province.
They demanded tens of thousands of yuan in compensation from the chengguan, long accused of abusing their powers, and a crowd of more than 300 people soon gathered, reports the Xinhua News Agency.
Dozens of police officers were deployed to contain public unrest over the commotion.
The vendor, surnamed Han, lay perfectly still on the stretcher covered by a sheet, thinking he could get away with his own death.
But the heat was too much to bear and he suddenly jumped up, grabbed a bottle of water and drank it much to the suprise of the crowd.
“It’s too hot. I can’t bear it anymore,” he said.
Han and two others have been detained for disturbing public order, Xinhua said.
Parts of China have been experiencing record temperatures this summer, in places as high as 45 degrees celsius.
Last month, a watermelon seller was killed after a clash with the chengguan in the central province of Hunan. The fruit vendor died of an intracranial hemorrhage when the chengguan hit him with a weight.
by Maesie Bertumen