Chinese city of Tangshan loses “civilized” status after women were beaten in restaurant

China: Tangshan has been awarded “civilized” status four times since 2011. (File)

Beijing:

After a group of men recently attacked four women outside a restaurant in China, the city of Tangshan has been stripped of its honorary status as “civilized.” The attack on the women had sparked public outcry and many demanded justice.

Footage from the cameras of the barbecue restaurant on June 10 shows a man dragging a woman by her hair into the street after she appeared to reject his advances. Other men then joined, attacking her female companions and leaving two women sprawled on the side of the street.

Two of the women are still hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), officials said this week, while authorities said they had arrested nine people involved in the attack.

The incident, which was captured on CCTV cameras, also renewed a national debate about violence against women in China.

A hashtag on social media site Weibo started doing the rounds after the incident in Tangshan in northern Hebei province. Soon after, it caught the attention of users, NBC News reported.

The video has been viewed hundreds of millions of times. Hundreds of thousands of people reacted after videos of the attack were posted online, many of them demanding action against the accused.

The Civilization Office of the Central Communist Party Committee on Wednesday removed the city from its honor roll of “civilized cities.”

According to the agency’s official website, the “National Civilized Cities” are selected on eight criteria, including good social order and a healthy and upward social atmosphere.

Tangshan has been awarded the status four times since 2011, most recently in 2020. The commission’s decision is the latest in a series of official responses to the attack and the waves of anger it has sparked online.

Following the attack, the Hebei provincial security authority launched a disciplinary investigation and investigation into the response of the Tangshan Police Station to the incident on Tuesday.

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