Chinese police arrest eight people after group of women attack restaurant | China

Eight people have been arrested for a brutal attack on a group of women at a restaurant in China, police said on Saturday, in a case that has sparked outrage over predatory sexual behavior.

Footage of the incident widely shared online shows a man placing his hand on a woman’s back as she shares a meal with two companions at a barbecue restaurant in northern China’s Hebei province .

After the woman pushes him away, the man punches her before others drag her outside and deliver a flurry of blows as she lies on the ground. Another woman is also thrown to the ground.

The video renewed an online debate about sexual harassment and gender-based violence in China where the conversation about women’s rights has grown in recent years despite pressure from a patriarchal society, internet censorship and support uneven legal.

Activists say domestic violence remains pervasive and under-reported, while prominent feminists are also regularly harassed and detained by police.

Web censors blocked keywords related to the MeToo movement after a wave of women accused college professors of sexual harassment in 2018.

Tangshan city police said on Saturday they arrested eight people on suspicion of violent assault and “causing trouble”, while a search for another suspect was underway.

Two women treated in hospital following the incident were “in stable conditions and not in life-threatening condition”, while two others suffered minor injuries, authorities said on Friday.

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The attack generated hundreds of millions of comments on social media, where users urged authorities to crack down on violence against women.

“All of this could happen to me, could happen to any of us,” one commenter said in a post that was liked more than 100,000 times.

“How does this kind of thing still happen in 2022?” writes another. “Please give them criminal sentences and don’t let any of them off the hook.”

Last year, a Chinese man was sentenced to death for murdering his ex-wife while she was live-streaming on social media, in a case that shocked the nation.

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