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Postal workers in street fracas

THE city's postal authorities are asking an urban management team for an explanation after its staff were allegedly beaten up by members of the team while they were taking part in a street promotion over the weekend.

The conflict happened about 10am on Saturday, when three postal workers were promoting next year's newspaper subscriptions at a stand in a residential area of Hongkou District.

There was a conversation between the staff and an officer from an urban management team when three cars pulled up and about 10 of the officer's colleagues started pulling down the stand and beating up the postal workers, witnesses said.

"One of the officers said they were clearing the road as the district chief was about to pass here," said a resident surnamed Bao. "They even pushed us around."

"It's been five days and we want to hear from the Hongkou urban management team," said Ding Kejian, director of the Shanghai Post Bureau's Linping Road branch. Ding was one of the workers who was allegedly beaten up.

Ding and two colleagues set up the stand near the gate of 320 Ouyang Road about 9am to provide subscription services to the neighborhood, which they do every year.

"The spot was selected after negotiations with the proper management company of the residential area," Ding told earlier.

Ding said yesterday that a uniformed officer from the urban management team approached them and said it was illegal to set up a stall there.

Ding told his colleagues to take down the stand, but residents surrounded them and criticized the officer for forcing the postal workers to leave, Ding said.

The officer then called for support and 10 of his colleagues arrived.

The conflict was triggered when the money collected for subscription fees fell on ground, Ding said. "My colleagues pushed them back to protect the money."

The three postal workers were then allegedly punched and beaten.

However, the urban management team yesterday denied the violence saying there was only some "bodily contact" among the officers.

The leader of the team, surnamed Chen, said one of the postal workers was aggressive and kept pulling the collar of one officer.

"The others were just trying to separate the pair," he said.


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