Friday 23 March 2018

Street vendor's execution sparks anger across China

London Daily Telegraph

THE death of street vendor Xia Junfeng has led to one of the largest public outcries in China in recent years.

The case of Mr Xia, who was executed for an apparent act of self-defence, unleashed a flood of disgust at the Communist Party across the Chinese internet.

In May 2009, a group of "chengguan", or city officers, confronted Mr Xia at his sausage stall in Shenyang.

According to several witnesses, he was beaten to the ground.

Mr Xia later pulled a knife and killed two officers. He said it was in self-defence, but he was convicted of double murder.

Despite a public campaign to reverse his sentence, Mr Xia was executed yesterday, prompting a flow of outrage on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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