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People’s Daily Reported Traffic Accident Possibly Involving Mayor’s Son

On September 19, 2011, Global Times, a daily tabloid under the auspices of the Chinese Communist Party’s newspaper, People’s Daily, reported that Ma Wencong, a high school student, knocked down a victim with his luxury car, a Mercedes Benz, in the City of Wenzhou. According to the report, Ma was driving his girlfriend to a spa and intentionally violated traffic rules. He claimed to be the Mayor’s son. Thousands of city residents surrounded the site and prevented a police car from leaving, insisting that the police complete the paperwork on site. The crowd would not disperse for more than 5 hours. In the past couple of years, many similar accidents have occurred across China, all involving luxury cars and relatives of government officials.

Source: Global Times, September 19, 2011