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Officials apologize for violent altercation

LOCAL officials apologized yesterday for a recent scandal in which urban management workers were involved in a violet dispute, saying that it had a "bad social influence."

The officials said the government will better supervise urban management staff.

The city has more than 6,000 urban management workers and most of them are poorly trained and can't meet residents' expectations, said Ma Yun'an, director of the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.

On April 13, some urban management workers were involved in a violent dispute with a motorcyclist.

The dispute attracted a mob of onlookers who eventually had to be dispersed by riot police in suburban Songjiang District.

Six urban management employees were in a truck, which bumped into a motorcycle that was running a red light.

When the motorcyclist tried to hit one of them with a brick, the other five jumped out of the truck to protect the officer and beat the motorcyclist, who later lied on the ground to attract more attention, according to officials.

Two urban management workers were detained for further investigation while the other four were each fined 500 yuan (US$76.6) and detained for 15 days.

Another four offenders in the case were detained for disturbing public order.

Ma said the bureau will give strict training to all urban management officers to improve their legal knowledge and regulate their practices.

"Every new urban management officer must successfully complete an entrance exam and all officers must receive training and pass examinations every month, quarter and year," Ma said. "Urban management workers are there to serve residents and enforce policies. Rudeness and violence are not allowed."


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