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Beaten street vendor in stable condition

A STREET vendor hospitalized after allegedly being badly beaten by urban management assistants in Shanghai is in stable condition and will be moved out of an intensive care unit to a normal ward in a week, today's Xinmin Evening News reported.

Peng Lin, 28, an Anhui native, was selling watermelons on July 11 in Minhang District's Huacao Town when five urban management assistants attacked him. They tried to seize Peng's melons while clearing out unlicensed street vendors on Jiqian Road.

Peng received bruising to the brain and a spinal injury. Doctors feared he could be paralyzed. He is being treated at Huashan Hospital.

The five assistants have been detained. Huacao Town government fired them.

The Huacao Town government will hold a meeting on Saturday to give instructions to its entire urban management staff on how to properly carry out their work, the report said.

It plans to eliminate bad and incompetent members of its urban management team.


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