Violent Crime Wave Hits Central China

Violent Crime Wave Hits Central China

Chinese state media on Monday reluctantly acknowledged a growing problem with violent crime and gang activity in central China after public attention was captivated by a disturbing video of several women suffering a brutal assault in a barbecue restaurant.

The viral video, recorded by CCTV cameras in the city of Tangshan on Friday, showed a man becoming sexually aggressive with a woman while she was eating at the restaurant. When she spurned his advances, the man and a group of his friends dragged her outside and viciously beat her. Other women who tried to intervene were assaulted as well and dragged outside by their hair.

Dissident artist Badiucao posted videos of the incident, along with photos of the savagely battered women, plus photos of

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