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Like A Bridge Over Guanzhou Water

Sorry about linking to the Mail, but they had photos as well as the actual story:
Man pushes would-be suicide jumper off bridge because he was taking too long

A passer-by pushed a would-be suicide jumper off a bridge because he was fed up at the man’s ‘selfish activity’, Chinese media has reported. Lian Jiansheng, 66, was passing by the Haizhu Bridge in the city of Guangzhou when he spotted Chen Fuchao threatening to jump.

Chen held up traffic for five hours, drawing a crowd at the bridge—and an impatient Lian finally decided enough was enough. He offered to talk Chen down but police refused to let him through a cordon. Determined, Lian pushed through anyway and climbed up to where Chen was sitting. He greeted the distraught man with a handshake—then gave him a mighty shove.

Chen tumbled 26 feet from the bridge to a partially-inflated emergency air cushion that police had—fortunately—had time to place on the ground below during the five preceding hours. He survived with elbow and spine injuries and is now recovering in hospital, Chinese news agency Xinhua said.

Lian, a broad grin on his face, saluted the dumbfounded crowd as he watched Chen fall. “I pushed him off because jumpers like Chen are very selfish. Their action violates a lot of public interest,” Lian told Xinhua. “They do not really dare to kill themselves. Instead, they just want to raise the relevant government authorities’ attention to their appeals.” [Mail on Sunday]


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May. 26th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
I'm bad I know - but I looked at the photos and fixated on that last one; all I could think of was 'lovely skyline, would love to see it. Great bridge'.

Incredible story. I would love to know whether or not he actually gets charged (and if so, with what).

Didn't bother reading the comments - it's the Mail, right?
May. 26th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
I like how he's waving goodbye as the man plummets to possible doom.
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