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2012 prophecies draw police ire

By Chen Xiaoru (Global Times)

10:53, December 07, 2012

Shanghai police received 25 complaints about people prognosticating doomsday prophecies outside of residents' homes in eight districts Wednesday and Thursday, the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau said on its official microblog.

The complaints, which police received over a 24-hour period, illustrate how serious some residents are taking the Mayan prophecies about the end of the world, which authorities fear might be exploited. "Police made the announcement because there might be people trying to take advantage of the prophecy to scam residents out of money," said Zhu Liang, a press officer with Huangpu police.

The prophecies, which were popularized in the 2009 movie 2012, suggest that a cataclysmic event will strike the Earth on December 21, 2012. Huangpu police reminded residents not to take the scenes depicted in the film seriously.

Shanghai police called on residents to disregard the prognostication Thursday after a resident of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, tried to give away all of her worldly possessions to accomplish something meaningful before the end of the world. The woman took out a 1 million yuan mortgage on her home and borrowed 70,000 yuan from a friend to donate to the poor.

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