"城管Chengguan" (Urban management officer) is officer who is in charge of enforcement of urban management of the city. This can cover a wide range of affairs, such as environment, city appearance bylaws, pollution control and so on. Yet for some reasons, chengguans perceived as gang members with badges are mostly associated with city appearance bylaws alone and the public seems to have a rather negative opinion towards them: confiscating poor street vendors’ goods, violent treatment to the street vendors, etc. The clashes between common people and chengguan constantly happen and some of these clashes are deadly.
Yesterday in Chong Qing province, two female Chengguans fought each other in the street and has attracted quite a crowd at the scene. The local urban management office later responded to the incident saying, “They (two female Chengguans) had caused damage to the team’s image. I don’t think they are suitable for such a job anymore.” Later the photos of the fight was posted online and become viral.
Other male Chengguans tried to separate the two female Chengguans.
There has been a public outcry against Chengguan’s violence for years and news of violence committed by Chengguans is nothing new. Yet, for the first time, two Chengguans fought in the street and people seem to be quite entertained by it. Alone in one post in 163.com, more than 30 thousand netizens have commented. I’ve translated some of the comments as below:
网易江苏省南京市网友 2011-05-10 10:59:08 发表
“Why fire them? They sure have the potential to be a Chengguan… that’s what the urban management needs, isn’t it?”
“Female is no weaker than male, it’s girls’ time!”
“This is only a drill…for their later fight with the street vendors.”
If they don’t train, how can they show their Kongfu in the “real fight”? It’s only a drill… Don’t make a fuss out of it.
They’re competing for the job position, easy everybody…”
网易浙江省温州市网友 ip：125.108.*.* 2011-05-11 09:42:24 发表
“The leader said the two female Chengguans fought in the street during their duty has damaged the Chengguan’s image. Do you think Chengguan has any positive image ever? What can you do besides fighting and violence?”
网易江苏省南京市网友 ip：222.94.*.* 2011-05-11 09:41:56 发表
“They are just warming up before they confront the street vendors…Why you people poke your noses in their business?”
网易吉林省长春市网友： 2011-05-11 10:14:05 发表
“This morning, I went to a breakfast stand. All of a sudden, people started running, Later I realized two Chengguan were here. One of them yelled at another, ‘I told you not to drive the patrol car down here… see, they’re all gone and we have no breakfast to eat!”
网易辽宁省沈阳市网友 ip：218.25.*.* 2011-05-11 09:31:30 发表
“To beat the street vendors is their duty and responsibility… if they beat the street vendors instead of each other, they’ll ‘win glory’ instead of causing damage to their image!”
网易吉林省长春市网友 ip：125.32.*.* 2011-05-11 09:11:42 发表
“They fight because they didn’t split up the dirty money fairly?”
网易广东省佛山市网友 ip：183.26.*.* 2011-05-11 09:07:16 发表
“I’ve been always skeptical about the existence of Chengguan…”
网易广东省东莞市网友 2011-05-10 11:16:32 发表
“ <Interview for Chengguan >
Interviewer: Your education background?
Interviewee: Couldn’t finish my primary school…
Interviewer: Ever involved in a fight before?
Interviewee: Countless times.
Interviewer: Any criminal record?
Interviewee: Just went out of the prison.
Interviewer: How’s your physical fitness?
Interviewee: It’s ok. I can kick over a vendor’s three wheeler.
Interviewer: Dare to grab other people’s stuff?
Interviewee: That’s my strength.
Interviewer: Dare to beat old people?
Interviewee: Piece of cake. I beat my old man to disable.
Interviewer: Excellent. You pass. You are the talent we need. Oh, one more thing, what if something serious happens?
Interviewee: Claim I’m just here for a temporary job.
Interviewee: Genius. You can start tonight.”