Pushing for the people

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The now infamous Haizhu bridge in Guangzhou

The now infamous Haizhu bridge in Guangzhou

In yet another fantastic Chinese story, a Mr Chen Fuchao has climbed the Haizhu Bridge in Southern China’s Guangzhou, and promptly threatened to jump. Mr Chen supposedly was in debt to the amount of 2,000,000 yuan after a failed construction venture. Traffic around the bridge was brought to a standstill while police tried to negotiate his safe return.

Then along came Lai Jiansheng, a 66 year old ex-military citizen who offered his services to approach and calm the man. Being denied this privilledge, he instead broke through the police cordons and intercepted Mr Chen. After gretting the would be jumper, Mr Lai then proceeded to push him off the bridge where he fell into an airbag 8 metres below. Mr Chen lived, but has suffered spinal and elbow injuries from the fall.”

“I pushed him off because jumpers like Chen are very selfish,” Mr Lai was quoted as saying.

“Their action violates a lot of public interests. They do not really dare to kill themselves. Instead, they just want to raise the relevant government authorities’ attention to their appeals.”

The bridge has reported attracted no less than 12 people threatening to suicide since April. Mark that one on your tourist map!

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