Watermelon Vendor Shot For “Obstructing Police On Duty” In Xinjiang

Watermelon shooting in Xinjiang

According to pictures brought to us by Weixin (that have since been deleted), a policeman critically wounded a watermelon seller in Urumchi, Xinjiang for refusing to vacate his spot on the sidewalk in the downtown shopping area of Nanmen.

Fruit vendors in Xinjiang are typically seasonal minority migrants who sell fruit by the slice: one piece of watermelon typically costs one yuan. Due to the high rents which accompanied the recent privatization of Uyghur bazaars in the city, it has become increasingly difficult for these men to ply their trade. This struggle, combined with the complex levels of Xinjiang security, appears to have landed at least this one fruit seller in the hospital in critical condition.

Eyewitness and police accounts verified by Radio Free Asia indicate that after an argument with local chengguan, an armed police officer was summoned to deal with the situation. The vendor was then shot because he “violated the law by obstructing police on duty.”

The photos posted on Weixin show a policeman pointing a pistol at the fruit-seller, who is holding the knife he uses to cut watermelons, and another shows the young Uyghur man being prodded by a group of People’s Armed Police personnel and police, presumably after he was shot.

Rather than ordering an investigation into the incident, local authorities are said to be more concerned with finding out who posted the pictures on Weixin.

    9 Responses to “Watermelon Vendor Shot For “Obstructing Police On Duty” In Xinjiang”

    1. narsfweasels

      Wow. Just wow.

      Fair play to the guy for standing his ground. Of course, it’s not worth getting shot over, but it’s absolutely damning proof of the heavy-handedness of the regime.

    2. wafflestomp

      Can we get a link to a Chinese source or weibo reporting this? I have a Chinese friend who can’t seem to find this in Chinese.

      • RhZ

        I am sure you will be at the front of the peanut gallery with T when the public executions begin.

        Always good to be reminded how little the party cares for human life. That’s commies in general, the entire history of communism is a history of brutality, torture and murder.

        That’s why nearly anyone who can get out does. That’s the reason high level people aren’t allowed to have passports.


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