The Handshaking Stranger May Have Ulterior Motives

Port Vila, (PressExposure) May 25, 2009 -- Traffic was snarled up for miles, because of a five hour closure of the Haizhu bridge, in the city of Guangzhou, China. Unable to make up his mind, a suicidal man precariously balanced on one of the ledges of the bridge.

Lai Jianshen, a passer-by got past the police barrier and walked over to shake suicidal Chen Fuchao's hand. Those looking on must have thought Lai would talk Chen into backing off the ledge. Instead, Lai shook Chen's hand then gave the possible suicidee a quick hard push, thrusting him off the bridge. Bare-footed Lai saluted Chen as he fell.

"I pushed him off because people like Chen are very selfish. Their action violates a lot of public interest. They do not really dare to kill themselves. Instead, they just want to raise the relevant government authorities' attention to their appeals". said Lai Jiansheng.

Chen had managed to accrue 2 million yuan ($290,000) debt from a failed construction project. Chen landing on a partially inflated emergency air cushion, after falling eight metres off the bridge. Eleven other people have attempted to take their lives by jumping off the bridge, since April.

Though the police took Len away, he was released on bail the following day. Len was on medication for a 'mental illness' and had been on his way to hospital for some more of his pills.

Chen, now recovering in hospital, has suffered spinal and elbow injuries.

What is the difference between assisting a suicidal man and someone assisting a loved one in euthanasia? It is a criminal offense? Is there any foundation to the rumour that Lai has been retained to be used again next time?

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Press Release Submitted On: May 25, 2009 at 11:27 pm
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