Chinese state media on Monday reluctantly acknowledged a growing problem of violent crime and gang activity in central China after public attention was captured by a disturbing video of several women being brutally assaulted. at a barbecue restaurant.
The viral video, checked in CCTV cameras in Tangshan city on Friday showed a man becoming sexually aggressive with a woman as she ate at a restaurant. When she rebuffed his advances, the man and a group of his friends dragged her outside and beat her badly. Other women who tried to intervene were also assaulted and dragged outside by their hair.
Dissident artist Badiucao posted videos of the incident, along with photos of the severely beaten women, as well as photos of other women attacked in the same way recently.
Disclaimer – Graphic:
2. assault video 1 pic.twitter.com/U9VXh3w22D
— 巴丢草 Badiucao (@badiucao) June 11, 2022
“Make no mistake, this is not an individual case. It’s so common as hell in China,” Badiucao said, echoing the sentiments of many others online.
“The reason these men felt they could freely assault the woman for rejecting their harassment is because so many men in the past have gone unpunished by the authorities for doing the same,” said researcher Yaqiu Wang. at Human Rights Watch. observed.
Driven by an outcry on Chinese social media, Tangshan officials spear a two-week crime blitz called Operation Thunderstorm, with a particular focus on street fighting and assaults on women. A senior Chinese Communist Party official in Tangshan has vowed to eradicate “thugs and evil forces”.
Tangshan Police said two of the battered women in the barbecue restaurant video were hospitalized for their injuries. Seven men and two women have been arrested in connection with the attack.
The Chinese state enterprise world times on Sunday blamed the crime problem in Tangshan and other central cities on organized crime, which can apparently operate without fear of police in central China:
The string of recent serious incidents has touched the nerves of the public when they occurred against the backdrop of a national campaign to crack down on gang crime. Many people wondered why the law had lost its deterrent effect in Tangshan.
Considering the city had hit the hottest topic on social media three times in a course of just over a month, including two other absurd incidents in April and May when a farmer was forced to s self-criticism for working on his own farm which went against local epidemic prevention protocol, and Qian’an residents of Tangshan were locked in their homes with their keys handed over for epidemic prevention and control epidemic, netizens demand a thorough investigation of the city’s criminal gangs.
A commentary published by Guangming Daily said these social events indicate the failure of social governance due to the loss of deterrent laws and the slow and difficult development of the rule of law. The damage it has caused to justice and public order has raised alarm bells for policy makers.
China is a brutal police state that has no problem with breeding millions of people in concentration camps or sealing them in their homes for months on end coronavirus blockagesso it’s a bit strange to hear state media describe the central provinces as anarchic lawless pits.
The world times would seem to suggest that the enforcement of coronavirus lockdowns has drained the police of the manpower needed to fight organized crime, and perhaps public resentment of the lockdowns has created an atmosphere of disobedience in which crime could thrive.
Analysts less favorable to the Chinese Communist Party to suggest the party has created a permissive atmosphere towards violence against women by silencing those who complain of sexual harassment and domestic violence. Horrified Chinese social media users noted that the men involved in Friday’s assault must have known their actions were being filmed and would be easily identified, but they didn’t seem to care.
“China only made domestic violence punishable by law in March 2016. Before 2001, physical violence was not even a ground for divorce,” said the BBC observed Saturday.
“Even though sexual violence has become increasingly prosecutable, the mood on China’s Sina Weibo Twitter is depressed. Many believe the outcome of this case will be a light sentence and a small fine,” the BBC said of the attack on the barbecue restaurant.
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