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Shortly after midnight on July 11, a policeman shot dead a man who took a nurse hostage with a knife after injuring two other medical workers at a hospital in Jixi, Heilongjiang Province.
According to reports, the suspect, surnamed Yang, is an ex-convict and was unhappy with the hospital’s emergency treatment of his mother. Instead of expressing his appeal in a rational manner, he took extreme action.
The policeman had no choice but to fire on him as he was holding a knife against the nurse’s throat and refused to surrender.
I must hail the policeman’s legitimate and decisive move, which, hopefully, will help curb the ever-rising violence around the country.
It’s time to restore law and order in hospitals, markets and all other public places. It is time to end the evil trend of justifying and defending violence.
Over the years, violence against medical workers, chengguan (urban management officers) and police officers has been occurring frequently, severely hindering normal social order.
Many people seem to become more aggressive and violence-prone. A minor conflict can end up in bloodshed and often the culprit’s brutality is beyond anyone’s comprehension.
On Oct. 23, 2013, 33-year-old Lian Enqing stormed into a hospital in Wenling, Zhejiang Province, brandishing a hammer and a knife. He stabbed three doctors who were examining patients, leaving Wang Yunjie, chief of the E.N.T. Department, dead and the other two wounded.
The man’s motive was his dissatisfaction with the treatment of his nasal condition. The killer was executed in 2015.
On May 5, 2016, a dentist at a hospital in Guangzhou was killed after being stabbed over 30 times by one of his patients, who had quarreled with the dead over the quality of a ceramic tooth.
Physical conflicts between public employees and civilians are all in a day’s work. A handful of arrogant villains even take delight in provoking law-enforcement personnel.
On April 19 of this year, a man in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province shot a video of himself abusing a traffic policeman with foul language and uploaded the video online for circulation. He did so to get revenge against the officer for giving him a traffic violation ticket. The insulter was detained for three days.
There is a pervasive contempt for law and order. Those who dare to challenge law and order are regarded as heroes by some malicious media.
These media outlets and online Big Vs (those who are widely followed on the Twitter-like Weibo) have played an ignoble part in instigating public disobedience against law and order. They have done so under the cover of “sympathy for the weak” and “support for resistance against tyranny.”
This can be best exemplified by the case of Xia Junfeng, a street vendor in Shenyang, who was executed on Sept. 25, 2013 for voluntary manslaughter. During a conflict with some chengguan in May 2009, he stabbed two officers to death and severely wounded another. He claimed he did it out of self-defense and appealed against the death sentence.
Almost immediately, all famous “public intellectuals” and Big Vs voiced in chorus to support Xia and hailed him as a hero. Their logic was crystal clear: Xia was a helpless vendor scratching a living by selling something on streets while chengguan are bullies whose job was driving peddlers to death.
So chengguan are in the wrong anyway! Over time, these hypocrites have succeeded in establishing such false reasoning: whatever conflicts take place, as long as chengguan and police are involved, the tortfeasor must be them and the other side must be the victim.
Enough is enough! Facts and evidence are the only things able to prove guilt or innocence. A citizen enjoys his lawful right only when he abides by the law. Anyone violating the law must be punished according to the law, regardless of his status or background.
(The author is an English tutor and freelance writer.)