24 May 2009

Would-be egotistic suicide jumper pushed off bridge

According to this CNN report:

A passerby pushed a would-be suicide jumper off a bridge in southern China because he was angry at the jumper's "selfish activity," Chinese media reported Saturday.
And for a reason:
"I pushed him off because jumpers like Chen are very selfish. Their action violates a lot of public interest," Lian told Xinhua.

Traffic was held up for nearly five hours and a crowd gathered as Chen sat on the bridge, threatening to jump, Xinhua reported.
Good move, man! I only wonder what other drivers were waiting for.

There is a slight mismatch between this CNN report:
The bridge has gained a "macabre" reputation with 11 jumpers having thrown themselves off the bridge since the start of April, Xinhua said.
and another one - from Telegraph.
Chen ... was at least the twelfth person since early April to threaten suicide at the same spot, the Haizhu bridge in Guangzhou.

But none have jumped and - until Mr Lian gave Chen a helping hand - none have been pushed.
Interestingly, both papers quote the concerned citizen, Mr Lian saying that:
They do not really dare to kill themselves. Instead, they just want to raise the relevant government authorities' attention to their appeals.
That Mr Lian must be a Telegraph reader, then...