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Writer smashes BBS computer after readers shrug off his poems

(Chinanews.com)    15:01, July 15, 2015

Xiong Aichun, chief of the Leiyang Federation of Literary and Art Circles in Hunan province, smashed the computer of a local Internet forum after receiving negative feedback from readers of his poems, Beijing Morning Post revealed on Wednesday.

According to the report, on the morning of July 4, Xiong arrived at the office of lysq.com, demanding to see the head of the community website within five minutes or he would smash computers in the office.

When the countdown ended and the leader failed to appear, Xiong smashed one of the computers to the ground.

On July 1, Xiong posted some of his poems on the website and received negative comments from readers, a company executive told the paper.

He "was not familiar with the Internet and thought it was the website that had defamed his poems," explained the executive, "and so he came to challenge us."

Xiong Aichun quarrels with staff members at the Internet company. (Photo/Beijing Morning Post)

During a quarrel with staff members at the company, Xiong said "It is I who smashed the computer, and so what? I can leave you a note!" And so he wrote, "Xiong Aichun smashed a computer of the community. Xiong Aichung, July 3, 2015."

Xiong asked for 100,000 yuan in spiritual compensation from the company, and with a deduction of 2000 yuan for fixing the computer he demanded the company pay him 98,000 yuan in total. The two sides did not reach an agreement on the matter.

Local police say Xiong spoke incoherently and acted strangely during inquiries.

His colleagues told the paper that Xiong suffered from a mental illness more than ten years ago.

They added that Xiong, accompanied by his wife, was sent to a hospital in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, for a 20-day closed-door treatment. His wife once said Xiong suffered from mania, according to the report.

Leiyang officials say investigations are still underway.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Ma Xiaochun,Zhang Qian)

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