BEIJING — Having the dead guy jump up for a drink probably wasn’t part of the script.
A staged protest claiming that city officials had beaten a sidewalk vendor to death in central China went awry when the man playing dead under a white sheet was overcome by the region’s heat wave and sprang up to quaff a bottle of water, state media reported Monday.
“It’s too hot. I can’t bear it anymore,” the man was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua News Agency.
More than 10 men had gathered Saturday with a gurney that purportedly carried the vendor’s body, covered by a sheet, in the Hubei provincial capital Wuhan. They were demanding thousands of dollars in compensation for the alleged death, Xinhua said.