How much do you care about Wang Lijun? Enough to read a 40-page Chinese story about him in Southern Metropolis Weekly?
Short of that, check out South China Morning Post’s summary of the story. Short of that, here are some excerpts.
Wang paid great attention to his public image. He employed a personal PR team of more than 20 police officers. All dressed in blue uniforms, they were nicknamed the “Smurfs”.
The Smurfs were armed publicists and secretaries, basically. Picture it.
Wang “invited” underground gun-makers to resume production by supplying them with equipment, funding and a place to work – a big cave in a remote town named Xiushan, bordering Guizhou province. The invitation worked and Wang’s entrapment plot proceeded as planned.
In September of 2008, Wang led thousands of special force police officers with submachine guns and bazookas to the cave. He flirted with the idea of shooting a bazooka, but another high-ranking official turned down the suggestion. Instead, they used dynamite to blow up the gun operation and destroy the cave.
A bazooka. The dude just upgraded the actor who’ll eventually portray him from Hung Yan Yan to Andy Lau.
Wang required his policemen to display “good taste” by the way they dress. During his term, he ordered that two sets of casual-style police uniforms, costing 8,000 yuan (HK$9,932) in total, be made for each police officer in Chongqing.
Good taste is important.
Businessmen Gong Gangmo, a convicted mafia boss who was arrested by Wang in 2009, said he was hung by his hands for eight days in a detention centre and beaten by the police. He said the police had covered the camera with a curtain so it could not be recorded.
Play with fire, you’ll get burned.
Wang also claimed to be an expert in arts and architecture. He is the owner of 150 patents and had designed police uniforms, police boots and police raincoats, among other creations.
The man is awesome, and sorely missed. When he’s out of jail in 15 years, we’ll see the Wang Lijun redemption story, I think. In America, he’d make seven digits lending his name out to ghost-written autobiographies and serial thriller novels. In China… to be continued.