外文标题：Execution of hawker sparks protests in China
BEIJING: The execution of a street vendor has sparked off protests over the Chinese Internet with some of it spreading to streets. Protesters are raising questions about the rich-poor divide and miscarriage of justice.
The hawker, Xia Jungfeng, was executed after a court found him guilty of murdering two urban law enforcers, called chengguan, who are employed by city governments to control street vendors. The court rejected his plea that he had acted in self-defence and did not intend to kill the guards in 2009.
In another case, the court rejected a plea by a convicted killer that the court had earlier ordered the execution of another person for the same crime.
Internet users argued that if the claim by Wang Shujin, the convict undergoing jail sentence is true it means that the judiciary had executed the wrong person earlier.
The two cases have evoked a lot of criticism in Sina Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, with many people asking why businessmen and powerful people like Gu Kailai, get away with suspended death sentences while a poor vendor is executed.
One reason why Xia's case has become an important talking point is the large-scale dislike for urban guards, who are known for committing excesses and beating people to death.
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Syed Abdulmuqtadir (Unknown)
Poor is always the target whether it is govt. or the police orthe courts, nobody listens to the poor.
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It is said that self defense, in that case court should have punished the authority for brutal policing.
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biplop (New Delhi)
Street vendors are a menace in India also, when there is no space on the road to walk then how this hawkers will increase their number by one child every year and fill up the street? Where other public will go? Have you seen the situation in JJ/Unauthorise colonies and its number of child and it start at the age of 15 and every year one?
More and more bad police will be killed everywhere.
raghunadharao kapila (HYDERABAD)
In china it is heartening to learn that some dissent is allowed..
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A criminal killed two law enforcement officers, didn't he deserve the consequence? The people who cry for this case are just sick and they protest for protesting only.
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Raj (AU) replies to badegg
Do you know the whole fact? You must not comment without knowing it, lucky you are not in judicial system. He acted in self defence and there were witnesses who werent called in the court.
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