SHOCKING video of a brutal attack on three women after one of them rejected advances from a sex pest has sparked a wave of outrage on Chinese social media.
In the vivid CCTV footage, a man can be seen harassing a diner who is having dinner with her two friends at a barbecue restaurant in Tangshan, Hebei province.
The man slapped her in the face as she pushed him away, and up to eight other thugs piled up to punch and kick the woman and her buddies.
Two of the women were dragged outside, knocked to the ground and kicked when terrified staff tried to intervene.
The sickening attack was the most talked about topic on China’s social media platform Weibo today as the CCTV footage went viral.
Hundreds of millions of comments said it was an indication of the type of abuse women regularly face in China’s sexist society.
The video begins with a man in a dark green hoodie entering the bar and pointing to the table where the three women are sitting.
He then steps back and puts his hand on a woman’s back before she grabs his wrist to push him away.
He tries to hug her again, and she pushes him back a second time when he responds with a slap in the face.
The woman defends herself by throwing a bottle at him, and her friend also tries to ward off the sex situation.
He then grabs the second woman by the neck and pushes her onto a chair, where she is kicked and punched by the man’s friend.
A stream of other men then enter from the street and one is seen swinging a chair over his head as he wades into the melee.
While the second woman is being beaten to the ground, the third woman stands over her to protect her with her body and is hit with the chair.
Meanwhile, the man who started it grabs the first victim’s hair, punches her in the face and, with the help of his gang, drags her outside.
The brutal attack continues as two of the women are dragged into the street and knocked to the ground.
A victim bangs her head on the curb as the thugs step on and trample her helpless friend.
Authorities confirmed that two women were taken to hospital after the June 6 attack.
Yesterday it was said that they were “in stable condition and not in danger of life”.
Two others were treated for minor injuries.
After the outcry, a total of nine suspects were arrested on suspicion of violent assault and “provoking trouble,” Tangshan City Police said.
An investigation is underway, the local public security bureau said in a Weibo post.
The footage has quickly gone viral on China’s social media platform Weibo, in a country where gender-based violence and domestic violence remain rampant.
Millions of users have commented on the video, calling on authorities to take action against sexual harassment.
Some were also angry that it was initially portrayed as simple violence in a restaurant without mentioning that it was men targeting women.
“This happened in a society where violence against women is widespread,” reads one post.
“To ignore and suppress the gender perspective is to deny the violence women are subjected to.”
Another comment, which got 100,000 likes, said, “All of this could happen to me, could happen to any of us.”
Another said: “How else does something like this happen in 2022? Please sentence them to criminal convictions and don’t let any of them escape.”
The wave of outrage on Chinese social media prompted calls from state media for punishment and renewed debate about rampant violence against women in the patriarchal country.
China Women’s News, published by the All China Women’s Federation, said today, “There can only be zero tolerance for such vicious cases of gross violations of women’s rights and interests.”
Last year, a Chinese man who murdered his TikToker ex-wife was sentenced to death by a court in Aba Prefecture.
In another case that shocked the nation, Tang Lu doused Amuchu, 30, with gasoline on a Tibetan vlogger named Lamu before setting her alight during a livestream.
Lamu, a mother of two, died from her injuries after 16 days of torment.
Tang had a history of violence against her.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5540664/men-attacked-women-turingdown-advances-china-footage/ Horrifying video surveillance shows a gang of men dragging and beating two women into the street after a sex situation repulsed the advances