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“Who is to Blame?” – Harbin Toll Collectors Throw Rock at Speeding Car, Hurt 4-Year-Old in Back Seat

When a driver broke through a Harbin toll booth, toll workers were quick to stop him, hurting a little girl while doing so.

Luka de Boni

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When a car broke through a toll barrier in Harbin, toll collectors were quick to halt the car by throwing a rock through the window – injuring a little girl in the back seat. The incident went viral on Chinese media: ‘who is to blame?’ is a central question.

An accident that occurred in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, on August 11th has attracted massive attention on Chinese social media this week.

The incident occurred when a man driving an unlicensed black Nissan attempted to force his way through the Shijia (石家) highway toll gate.

Workers at the gate tried to stop the car, first by standing in front of it. But as the car accelerated, almost hitting the toll worker, another worker picked up a rock from the ground and threw it at the vehicle in an attempt to halt it.

Although they succeeded in making the car stop, they unwittingly injured a 4-year-old girl sitting in the back, as the rock hit her in the head.

One worker threw a stone at the car, and it ended up in the passenger’s seat of the driver’s side.

The incident was reported by NetEase News, and multiple videos on the incident (here and here) are making their rounds on social media.

The injured 4 year-old.

“Who is to blame?”, Sina News asked on Weibo, attracting hundreds of comments on its thread, while the incident was discussed by thousands of people on Weibo this week.

At time of writing, the Netease article on the incident had already gathered more than 190,000 comments.

Most commenters sympathize both with the toll-gate workers and the injured little girl, blaming the irresponsible driver for what happened: “The driver really has no shame, doing such dangerous things while there are children in his car,” a popular comment (14,000 likes) said.

Some even praised the tollgate workers as being ‘heroic,’ saying that the little girl was just a victim of her caretaker’s irresponsible behavior.

The Paper reports that the 4-year-old girl has received hospital treatment for her injuries and that she is recovering well.

Injuries caused by the rock, photo shown to local reporters.

While the driver has received a fine for his crime, authorities are still investigating whether or not the toll workers’ actions could be classified as “reasonable defense” (正当防卫).

By Luka de Boni and Manya Koetse

Miranda Barnes has contributed to this article.

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Luka de Boni is an MA student in Chinese Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen with a degree in (Chinese&Indian) History from the University of SOAS. De Boni has a strong interest in Chinese political culture and the role of Confucianism in modern-day China.

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China’s Shulan City in “Wartime Mode” after Recording 13 COVID-19 Infections

Local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases in Shulan.

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The city of Shulan in China’s Jilin Province is top trending on Chinese social media today after local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases.

These are the first local infections in the entire province after a period of 73 days, China News reports, with other previous cases all being infections from abroad.

Last week, on May 7th, a female resident was the first to be tested positive for COVID-19. The city in northeast China is now the only place in the PRC to be marked as “high risk.”

One page on social media platform Weibo dedicated to the topic of Shulan going into “wartime mode” (“战时状态”) had received over 190 million views by Monday evening local time.

What does this “wartime mode” entail?
– All residents stay home, lockdown of residential compounds
– All public places closed
– Schools closed
– All public transportation suspended
– No more selling of fever-reducing medicine in clinics or stores

According to CGTN, a total of 290 people who have been in close contact with the infected patients have been traced and placed under medical observation.

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By Manya Koetse (@manyapan)
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On Wuhan’s ‘Reopening Day’, Even Traffic Jams Are Celebrated

As the COVID-19 lockdown has ended in Wuhan, many people are happy to see the city’s traffic finally getting busy again. “I hated traffic jams before, now it makes me happy to see them.”

Manya Koetse

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It was chilly and grey in Wuhan when the coronavirus epicenter city went into a full lockdown on January 23 of this year. On April 8, 76 days later, it is sunny and twenty degrees warmer outside as people leave their homes to resume work or go for a stroll.

The end of the Wuhan lockdown is a special day for many, as the city finally lifted the 11-week-long ban that shut down all travel to and from the city in a radical effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, city residents returned to work as public transport started again. Roads, bridges, and tunnels were reopened, and the local airport resumed flights.

On Chinese social media, various hashtags relating to the Wuhan lockdown end have become popular topics. Using hashtags such as “Wuhan Lifts the Ban” (#武汉解封#), “Wuhan Open Again after 76 Days” (#武汉暂停76天后重启#), and “Wuhan Reopens” (#武汉重启#), the end of the coronavirus ban is a much-discussed news item, along with the spectacular midnight light show that was organized to celebrate the city’s reopening.

The Wuhan lightshow, image via Xinhua.

“Today has finally arrived! It’s been difficult for the people of Wuhan,” some commenters write.

According to China’s official statistics, that are disputed, over 3330 people have died from the new coronavirus since its outbreak; 80% of these fatal cases were reported in Wuhan. On April 6, authorities claimed that for the first time since the virus outbreak, there were zero new COVID-19 deaths.

Some state media, including People’s Daily, report that the reopening of restaurants and food shops is going smoothly in the city, as people – for the first time since January – are back to buying pan-fried dumplings and noodles from their favorite vendors.

Meanwhile, the fact that the traffic in some Wuhan areas is back to being somewhat congested is something that is widely celebrated on social media.

Some call the mild traffic congestions “great”, viewing it as a sign that the city is coming back to life again after practically turning into a ghost town for all these weeks.

“I hated traffic jams before, now it makes me happy to see them,” one Weibo commenter writes.

“I won’t complain about congested traffic again, because it’s a sign the streets are flourishing,” another Weibo user posted.

While netizens and media outlets are celebrating the end of the lockdown, several Chinese media accounts also remind people on social media that although the ban has been lifted, people still need to be vigilant and refrain from gathering in groups and standing close to each other.

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