contrast on the road,路上的反差

(注:中文在英文下面)

Sunday, I felt dizzy from reading while taking a bus to Guangzhou. So I looked out of the window and enjoyed a moving image of the green mountains, dotted by small villages. That was a soothing image.

Monday, I was busy applying for different certificate at different government offices. On my way to those offices, I saw a different picture. Outside Chebei Police station, a crowd watched a conflict between tricycle owners and the police. Some on lookers smiled while those in conflict yelled at each other in anger. I quickly took out my camera and snapped a few pictures. I had to be quick as I knew neither the tricycle owners nor the police would like my camera, which turned out to be true. They immediately stopped me.

I didn’t resist and walked into Chebei Police Station where I requested a letter to prove that I had lost my passport to Hong Kong. The policeman on duty was reluctant to help and tried to find excuses not to issue the letter. In the mean time, four policemen carried a man, probably the tricycle owner, inside, two holding his hands, the other two holding his feet, as if they were carrying a pig, or cow, or sheep. That was quite a picture, but my instinct told me not to take my camera out again.

The policeman on duty finally agreed to write that letter for me, very reluctantly. I walked out of the police station as soon as I got the letter. This is not somewhere you want to stay long. But I saw several people squatting at the gate and they didn’t any desire to leave. They were obviously with the man who had just been arrested. They looked quite despondent.

周日来广州。在车上看了会儿书,头晕,就看窗外移动的风景,车窗外是郁郁苍苍的山林,有村落点缀,那景致让我觉得宁静。

周一行走于广州不同的办证部门,路上也有风景,却是不一样的的风景。车陂派出所外的街道里警民发生冲突:三轮车夫无证驾驶并抗拒警察的干涉。这道风景线惹来许多观望者,就是鲁迅笔下的那群看热闹的围观者。当事人怒气冲天,围观者则在嬉笑。我很很紧张地掏出相机,快速抓拍了几张,然后当事人双方马上阻止我拍照。我很识趣地收起相机,因为我很明白,我区区一个弱女子根本敌不过权力代表。

我故作轻松走进派出所,请求一位态度恶劣的值班警察为出一张港澳通行证的遗失证明。就在那位语气充满敌意的警察找理由不给我写证明的当下,我看见四位警察抬着一个男人进了派出所——两人抓着那男人的手,另两人抓男人的脚,似乎他们抬的不是一个人,而是一头猪或牛或羊。我有股冲动想拍下这个在我看来奇怪而在他们看来正常的动作,但我的本能告诉我,如果我再次拿出相机,它很可能永远回不到我的相机包里。而我非常需要它。他们走进一个侧门。我听见里头传来呵斥声。

那位态度恶劣的警察到底给我写了个证明。我庆幸地走出派出所,却看到几个人蹲在派出所门前,样子痛苦无奈。

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