Family of elderly man beaten to death receive $96,000 compensation

By Joe McGee, April 14, 2014

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The family of 68 year old Zheng Xiuyuan, who was reportedly kicked and beaten to death by officials in Fuzhou City, Fujian province last week, are set to receive 600,000 yuan (US$96,600) compensation, Shanghai Daily reports.

Zheng was attacked at around 9am at the Tingtou wet market by two temporary urban management officials - or chengguan, surnamed Lin and Weng, after he accused them of being heavy-handed when clearing stalls. 

According to China National Radio, Zheng intervened when the two men took an elderly vendor's scales. He told the officials to return the scales, which is when witnesses say they set upon him, kicking and striking him repeatedly. 

When Zheng tried to escape the attack, he was reportedly chased by the chengguan, with one throttling the senior while the other punched the elderly man in the back. 

Witnesses report that when Zheng eventually hit the ground, he was kicked until he stopped moving. 

Both Lin and Weng have been arrested on suspicion of intentional injury.

Tingjiang Township government have announced the 60,000 yuan payout to Zheng's family, although his brother maintains the family will sue the culprits over the incident, the Legal Evening News reports.

Chengguan have a poor public perception in China, where reports of brutality are common. Their low reputation has even led Guangzhou's government to enforce regulations which require the urban management workers to be show politeness in public interactions.

[Image via Weibo]

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