Afraid of being killed by gangsters, 9 people consist of 3 barbershop owners and their employees lie down in line on a zebra line in order to call for protection from the government.“I dare not to go back there, or they will chop me into pieces.”Said Chen Mingxing, one of the barbershop owners who claimed that they couldn’t take the extortion and threatening from gangsters anymore.
Protestors lied in the middle of a busy road of Dongguan City for 2 hours and only left after the police on spot guaranteed their safety.
Last July, Chen Mingxing opened a barbershop in Hengli Town, Dongguan City. With his excellent practice his shop was looking at a very good prosperity had it not for a gang who came now and then black mailing him. These people would came in hordes sometimes, finding unnecessary charges such as bad shaving or giving them fake money in change so as to ask for 4400 or 4600 yuan compensation, otherwise they would beat up their employees or smash the shop.
“We have no choice but give them the money, though we manage to settle it around 2000 yuan.”According to Chen, there are 6 shops of the neighborhood that were constantly black mailed, but only 3 shop owners dare to stand up and come to protest. Chen’s shop was extorted 7 times since last December, he had called the police many times only to get a few thugs detain for a while and soon leveled up their extortion after they got out.
On Sept 16th, Chen had two of the gangsters caught by the police, which fueled the gangster head’s anger and declared to chop him to death at sight. Helpless, Chen and other shop owners as well as their employees lied and blocked the road during rush hours in order to catch city leaders’ attention to protect their lives.
Chen said he has never encountered such thing during the 6 years he worked in Shenzhen. He came to Dongguan City to earn a better living, but with constant black mailing, his business would never pick up. The other 2 shop owners silently sat aside, frustrated.
The police on spot told them that they had caught Chen’s two black mailers, but one of them was underage,they couldn’t do anything about him, the other was already in custody. The police also reminded Chen and others to call the police immediately when they encounter similar situation again. Protestors then left with the police’s absolute guarantee for their safety.