Driver injured by protester sues Xi’an police

by Guest on October 12, 2012

Demonstrations were reported in more than 80 Chinese cities after the Japanese government decided on Sept 11 to “purchase” China’s Diaoyu Islands.

Li Jianli’s car is damaged during an anti-Japan protest in Xi’an, northwest China’s Shaanxi province. [File photo]

Although rallies against the “purchase” were orderly in many cities, violence broke out elsewhere, including Qingdao, Changsha and Shenzhen, where there was looting and assaults, and Japanese cars were damaged.

Duan said most pictures and video footage of street crimes in Xi’an showed few police officers on duty.

“The damage and staffing levels suggest police did not attach enough attention to the situation. They had no contingency plans,” he said, adding that this contributed to the injuries suffered by his client.

An interpretation by the Supreme People’s Court in July 2001 stated that police should pay compensation to citizens, legal bodies and organizations if injury was caused as a result of dereliction of duty.

Wang Juling, Li’s wife, said on Thursday the family is grateful to the police for catching the man who attacked her husband, and appreciates the fact officials from Xi’an Public Security Bureau visited Li in the hospital and donated 20,000 yuan to help pay his medical bills.

“We also thank the traffic police who helped take my husband to the hospital,” she said. But she added that the family still considers the bureau’s failure to perform its duties properly caused “trauma and loss”.


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