Hold Chinese Para-Police Accountable for Murder


Target: President of China Xi Jinping

Goal: Hold Chengguan Para-Police legally accountable for murder and abuses of citizens

A watermelon-seller in the city of Linwu, China, was recently beaten to death following a confrontation with the Chengguan Urban Management Law Enforcement. The Chengguan also attacked a number of spectators, including two reporters in the area. This is only the latest in a long chain of violence by the Chengguan, and it is up to the government of China to conduct an impartial investigation into the actions and general worth of the Chengguan, disbanding or heavily reforming the organization if necessary.

Under Chinese law, the Chengguan Urban Management Law Enforcement (usually just referred to as “the Chengguan”) occupies a place between civilians and law enforcement. Although the organization was originally founded to deal with small-scale, non-violent crime, they have since been implicated in several violent abuses, including an incident in 2008 where a Chinese citizen was killed following his filming of Chengguan abuses. They have also been implicated in illegal seizure of property and illegal detention.

The Chengguan also have a history of violence against non-violent protesters acting against their organization. In many cases, including after this most recent incident, they severely beat bystanders who were committing no crime. They also beat a number of citizens who interjected themselves between the Chengguan and the body of the watermelon-seller, in an effort to prevent evidence from being tampered with.

The Chengguan are immensely unpopular among the Chinese citizenry for this reason, to the point that “Chengguan” has taken on a pejorative connotation synonymous with violence or bullying (e.g. “stop being so Chengguan”). Many solutions have been suggested, ranging from complete dissolution of the Chengguan to the creation of an internal division to prosecute Chengguan crimes. However, none of these solutions can be implemented if the Chinese government is unwilling to conduct an investigation. We must urge them to do so.


Dear President Xi Jinping,

The Urban Management Law Enforcement of Linwu recently murdered a watermelon-seller following a confrontation over the illegal placement of her fruit stand. They also beat a number of citizens in the area, including those who did nothing but attempt to protect the evidence in the  crime scene from tampering. This is only the first in a long line of offences by the Chengguan, which includes a large number of murders as well as theft and illegal detainment.

The Chengguan are subverting the safety of the citizens they were organized to protect. The Chinese government must conduct an impartial investigation into the Chengguan and determine a solution to these vile acts.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Vmenkov via Wikimedia Commons

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