Since Friday, June 10, the extract has been around social networks. In CCTV footage, three women can be seen dining at a barbecue restaurant in Tangshan, Hubei province, when a sexual predator approaches one of them to touch her back without his consent. When she tries to push him away, he punches her hard in the face. “Within secondsreports the information site What’s on Weibo, the incident provokes an explosion of violence.”
While the victim’s friends try to come to her defense, the attacker is joined by several other men who also start hitting the three women.
The attack continues outside the restaurant, as can be seen in the second excerpt relayed by Zhang Zhulin, a journalist specializing in China at Cinternational courier. “The woman is kicked in the head, beaten and dragged repeatedly by the hair, attacked by at least three of the men [présents devant le restaurant]reports again What’s on Weiboa site specializing in content circulating on the eponymous Chinese social network. When a third woman tries to stop her, she is hit in the head by a man who appears to be her own spouse.
“Shocking level of violence”
A “extreme confusion” reigns throughout the incident, during which one of the men, who initially seemed to be defending the victim, finally begins to hit him in turn. “The shocking level of violence in this attack sent shockwaves through social media on Friday and Saturday”underlines the title.
Following this attack, “all nine male suspects have been arrested”indicates the GlobalTimes. Two women were hospitalized due to their injuries, without their life-threatening prognosis, and two others suffered from minor injuries.
The English-speaking Chinese daily also notes that “many netizens wondered how it was possible for innocent women to be so violently attacked by men“, and why “so few people tried to intervene to stop these men and stand up for the women”.
The images have indeed “revived the debate on sexual harassment and gender-based violence, abounds The Guardian, in a country where women’s rights have been a subject that has been increasingly discussed in recent years, despite the pressure exerted by a patriarchal society, internet censorship and incomplete legislation in this area”.
Last year, recalls the British newspaper, “a man threw hot liquid at Xiao Meili, a prominent Chinese feminist, after she asked him to quit smoking in a restaurant”. In China, censorship “blocked keywords related to the MeToo movement when scores of women accused college professors of sexual harassment in 2018”.