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Disabled vendors in hospital after fight

FOUR disabled street vendors in Baoshan District came to blows with urban management staff yesterday in a dispute over confiscated goods.

The vendors, all of whom had walking difficulties, were said to have been badly beaten and had to be taken to hospital.

It was the second such incident in a week.

On Tuesday, some vendors in Songjiang District were allegedly beaten under similar circumstances.

Officials with the urban management supervision team in Baoshan's Gaojing Town said the personnel involved in yesterday's fight were "assistants, not regular employees."

A district police spokeswoman said officers were investigating.

The fight happened about 8am as four angry vendors approached urban management staff because earlier some goods, mainly tableware, had been confiscated.

One vendor, surnamed Zhu, said they had gone to the team's premises to get their goods back.

Zhu, 53, suffered a broken nose and claimed he was also hit in his private parts by an unidentified man.

The scuffle ended when the vendors were pushed to the ground and their hands tied.

The vendors were in a rage and the staff at first tried to stop them cursing, the team said in a statement.

There has been an increase in tension between unlicensed vendors and city authorities in the past few months.

A vendor from Anhui Province was beaten by urban management staff in July in Minhang District.

Earlier the same month, nearly 100 vendors and passers-by surrounded four urban management vehicles in the city's Putuo District in a protest after a fight.


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