Jul 22, 2013

    Sympathy for China airport bomber

    CHINESE citizens expressed support yesterday for a disabled man who caused an explosion at Beijing's international airport, injuring himself in an apparent protest against police brutality.

    Messages of support were posted online following reports that Ji Zhongxing, 34, was driven to commit the act by a years-long battle for justice after being beaten severely by the police.

    Wheelchair user Ji warned passengers in the airport before detonating a small device late last Saturday, in an apparent attempt to draw attention to his case without harming others, The Beijing News reported.

    A policeman who rushed to the scene was the only other person injured in the explosion, the state-run China Radio International said.

    Dr Zhao Xiao, a professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology, wrote on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo site: "He warned those passing by...what a good member of the public. Who in this country is willing to stand up and say he is more righteous than Ji?"

    Lawyer Yuan Yulai wrote that "by warning others to move away, he is a good person... I hope the authorities will be understanding", or it will lead to a vicious circle.

    Another Sina Weibo user said: "He was not as crazy as the police who beat him in the first place."

    Reports said Ji moved from Shandong to work in the southern city of Dongguan, where he was beaten severely by the police in 2005, causing him to become disabled.