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Law enforcement team assaulted at Net cafe

THE head and vice head of a law enforcement team were assaulted when their team tried to shut down an unlicensed Internet cafe yesterday in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.

About 10 other team members were also injured. They were in hospital but their lives were not in danger, Southern Metropolis Daily said in today's report.

Police are investigating the incident.

A witness surnamed Li told the newspaper that several men, organized by the owner of the Internet cafe, assaulted the law enforcement team members with wooden clubs and iron bars. They claimed they just wanted to beat the leaders, according to the report.

Li said he didn't know who started the fight.

The Internet cafe is on the first floor of a residential building. A resident in the building said a Hunan Province man had opened the business several months ago.

Most people living in the building are migrant workers who can't afford a computer, he told the newspaper. The net cafe had good business.

The boss asked the team leader for mercy before the fight, saying it was unfair to shut down his café since there were others in the area, witnesses said. The request was denied.

An official with the law enforcement team, surnamed Huang, told the newspaper this unlicensed net cafe had been in business for a long time. A previous attempt to shut it down failed as the owner learned before officers arrived and closed the cafe.

Officers were well organized this time. About 60 officials participated in the raid, the report cited Huang as saying.

Team leader Wang Yan's nasal bone was broken and he also received a head injury. Police were sent to guard the hospital in case a revenge attack was planned, the report said.


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