Planet China

Bad samaritan

If you are feeling suicidal, but unable to go through with it, Lai Jiansheng could be the man to contact. The 66-year old ex-soldier made headlines this week in Guangzhou, when he pushed a man off a bridge. Chen Fuchao was threatening to jump from the Haizhu Bridge and caused traffic jams in the five hours police spent trying to coax him down. Frustrated by Chen’s prevarication, Lai walked up to him and pushed him off. He then saluted the crowd. Fortunately, Chen landed on an air cushion and is recovering in hospital. Lai was taken away by police but sought to justify his actions by saying he was fed up with jumpers “whose acts violated the public interest and were selfish”. It was the 12th unsuccessful suicide attempt from the bridge since April and in each case traffic has been heavily gridlocked.


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