Monday, July 27, 2009

Brick thrower

A brief break in our adoption story simply because it was too good to pass up.

Brick thrower remains defiant (July 14, 2009, Shanghai Daily)
A retired teacher, who sparked nationwide controversy - and a lot of support - by throwing bricks at vehicles that ran red lights on a pedestrian crossing, yesterday defended his action, saying he was protecting pedestrians. Yan Zhengping, 74, became an Internet sensation after he lobbed bricks at 14 cars at the intersection over a period of more than three hours late last Thursday. A large crowd saw his feat and cheered him on in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province. "I know it was illegal, but I had to do it to raise awareness on the safety of pedestrians," said Yan. All 14 drivers fled the scene in their damaged cars after seeing the crowd. Police interviewed Yan and he was released without charge.

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