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Attack on Chinese Women Revives #MeToo Anger Xi Can’t Extinguish

  • Widely shared video shows men beating the women at restaurant
  • Government has suppressed nation’s nascent #MeToo movement
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Footage of a violent attack on female diners at a barbecue restaurant in China has sparked outrage online, threatening to revive the #MeToo movement against gender inequality that President Xi Jinping’s government has repeatedly tried to suppress.

Security footage shared online shows a man approaching a table of three female diners early Friday morning in the northern city of Tangshan and putting his hand on one woman’s back. When she resists, the man attacks her and a friend, and several other men pile in. The woman is then dragged outside by her hair, where she’s beaten and kicked on the ground.