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Attack on diners in China: deputy police chief sacked, investigation underway

Investigations into the behavior of five police officers in Tangshan, China, during a brutal attack on a group of women in a restaurant led to the dismissal of a deputy police chief.

The five, including Ma Aijun, the district chief of the Lubei police force, were charged with “seriously violating discipline and laws”, according to the provincial disciplinary committee of Hebei province. Separately on Tuesday, the Hebei Province Public Security Bureau said Li, Ma’s deputy, had been fired.

It was widely exposed when four women were attacked at a barbecue restaurant on June 10. A man was seen in CCTV footage posted online putting his hand on a woman’s back as she ate with two other people.

The man approached the woman, who pushed him away and punched her before dragging her outside and punching her mercilessly as she lay on the ground. A second woman was thrown to the ground.

The hospital received two patients. Two other people reportedly suffered minor injuries, but the injuries were later found to be more serious than authorities initially thought.

The suspects reportedly fled the scene and police did not show up for about 30 minutes, according to state-owned Global Times. Since the attack, nine guys have been arrested.

One of the most discussed topics in China over the past week has been the attack and violence against women in general. However, some Chinese reporters who tried to cover it reported that the local government interfered with their excursions to Tangshan.

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