Target: Urban Management Law Enforcement Forces
Goal: Condemn this police force for their violence and abuse towards the public
While tasked with the responsibility of enforcing noncriminal urban administration regulations, China’s Urban Management Law Enforcement Forces has become increasingly violent and aggressive, stomping on the rights of the people they’re supposed to protect. On July 17, 2013, a watermelon vendor was allegedly killed by an officer. The incident should have prompted an immediate and impartial investigation, but the Chinese government did no such thing. Witnesses say the vendor suffered from head injuries, which led to his death. Witnesses also say that it was an officer of the urban task force who injured him, accusing the vendor of running his stall illegally. The fact that witnesses were on the scene and the government refuses to conduct an investigation sends a very bleak message: the government does not care about its people.
Another incident involved a grape vendor who parked her cart next to the sidewalk alongside other vendors in Beijing. The woman was a migrant worker who traveled from the Henan province to sell the food she’d grown on her land. Three urban officers approached and without any explanation began to confiscate her goods. When the vendor protested, the officers started kicking her and threw onto the road. One demanded to know why they needed a reason to do what they did. A fourth officer was supervising the beating and told the officers to stop; they left with her grapes and her bruised body lying on the street.
The urban task force has also targeted suspected law violators, their attacks leading to serious injury or death, placing them in illegal detention and confiscating their property. The lack of consideration towards the people is appalling. The police force should protect their citizens, not be their bullies. Sign this petition and condemn their actions.
Dear Urban Management Law Enforcement Forces,
You task is to enforce noncriminal urban administrative regulations, but instead your past actions have been nothing but criminal. Your officers have injured and even killed the citizens they are supposed to protect. They confiscate property without any proof, and target suspects that haven’t even been arrested or been to a trial. Your actions are more akin to bullying than police work.
You need to stop abusing your people before they turn on you. A good majority of business conducted in China and many other Asian countries are done on the street from their carts. These goods are either grown from their land or made by hand. You should consider how much energy and money they’ve put into their livelihood and how depriving them of work, their pride and their life would affect their families.
Stop the abuse and protect your people.
[Your Name Here]
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