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[Daqi] Because of labor disputes with the factory, more than 30 Hunan province contractors from a (beer) brewery in Guangzhou went to the Haizhu bridge (海珠桥) together performed a “jumping off the bridge show”. Police yesterday said, after the investigation 16 people involved in climbing the bridge were punished accordingly. Two organizers were held in criminal custody, 14 others were held for civil detention.
The afternoon of November 2, Guangzhou Haizhu bridge was paralyzed. 16 workers climbed on top of the steel frame of the bridge and stayed on top over 3 hours before they were persuaded to come down, resulting in roads from both side of the bridge to be blocked, and the road congestion of the nearby streets.
Workers said, they were not satisfied with the company’s labor contracts, health insurance, overtime pay, firing without reasons and so on. They negotiated with the company several times but without any results. They felt powerless, thus the action.
It is reported that Haizhu bridge often had people “performing this kind of suicide act” now is watched by security guard 24 hour a day to prevent people from climbing. Late August this year, relevant department also smeared grease (or butter? 黄油) on the steel frame, but because the structure of the bridge was scattered, there were many places you can step your feet and climb it. Plus this time too many people were climbing, it was too hard to prevent the suicide show.
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