Chinese demand an explanation for the deadly restaurant attack

Chinese demand an explanation for the deadly restaurant attack

Chinese demand an explanation for the deadly restaurant attack

Chinese demand an explanation for the deadly restaurant attack

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  • A savage attack on four female customers at a Chinese barbecue restaurant shocked and outraged the country
  • Lack of information about the victims leaves the Chinese internet wondering.
  • Nine males savagely assaulted the women in Tangshan.
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It’s been ten days since a savage attack on four female customers at a Chinese barbecue restaurant shocked and outraged the country, but a lack of information about the victims has left the Chinese internet wondering, “What actually happened to those women?”

Nine males savagely assaulted the women in Tangshan, China’s northern metropolis, after one of them protested to being sexually harassed.

The attack, which was caught on tape, has shocked China, inciting fury among women who have long endured harassment and gender-based violence.

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The victims’ and their families’ subsequent silence has alarmed many who fear the worst for the ladies, highlighting the public’s lack of faith in a government that habitually hides bad news — a proclivity aided by a series of rigorous restrictions imposed under the country’s zero-Covid policy.

After seeing the distressing surveillance film, many people voiced concern about the women. The men took one woman outside by her hair, stomped on her with bottles and chairs, and kicked her in the head repeatedly. A woman who attempted to assist her was shoved away and landed hard on the back of her head on the stairwell.

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One of the victims was photographed on a hospital gurney soaked in blood and with her head bandaged up just hours after the attack. Tangshan police claimed the next day that two ladies had been hospitalized with “non-life threatening injuries” and were in “stable condition,” but there has been no further word on their health.

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Despite repeated denials from the police, medical officials, and the local branch of the All-China Women’s Federation, a state-backed women’s group, reports that some of the victims were in significantly worse condition than authorities stated persisted online last week.

Some believe that the security video only captured part of the attack and that the violence continued off camera in a neighboring alleyway, which CNN cannot independently verify. Another video circulating on the internet shows locals placing flower bouquets in the alleyway.

On Thursday, speculation ramped up as further films surfaced online, the authenticity of which could not be verified.

The hashtag “Tangshan beaten girls follow-up” had been viewed more than 200 million times on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like site, by Friday, producing more than 220,000 comments, with many wanting to know what happened to the women.

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Weibo stated it has shut down 320 accounts for “spreading misinformation” regarding the Tangshan assault in a statement released Friday. The rumors were also referenced in a widely shared piece on the messaging service WeChat, which was blocked.

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