Thursday, May 10, 2012

British man 'sexually assaulting woman and then being beaten up' causes outrage in China after being posted online

An online video of a British tourist carrying out a drunken sex attack has caused outrage in China.

The disturbing three-minute footage has been watched by millions and shows a young male dressed in a polo shirt and tracksuit trousers standing over a Chinese women lying in a flower bed in central Beijing.

The woman is heard crying out in distress – and saying she does not know the foreign man.

Her calls are heard by several Chinese men who come to her aid and physically attack the foreign national while one films the summary justice.

Police arrested a 'drunk' British suspect shortly after the incident, an Chinese official said via a statement.

'Officers have detained a British man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in Beijing on Tuesday night,' the statement said.

A Beijing Public Security Bureau official said the suspect, who has not been named, holds a tourist visa.

A British Embassy spokesman told MailOnline: 'We are aware of the reports about this incident and the claims that the suspect in detention is British.

'But we have not been contacted by Chinese police or anybody else at this stage. We are monitoring the situation.'

In the film, which last night had been viewed by three million viewers, the alleged sex attacker is beaten and left with his clothes torn lying unconscious in the middle of a busy road.

Traffic navigates around him.

The Chinese men are then seen jumping on him and calling him obscene names and derogatory racist terms for a foreigner.

Tens of thousands of Chinese have expressed anger online, with many demanding police make an example of the 'foreigner' and punish him severely.

If found guilty of attempted rape, the suspect, who has not been named, could face three to ten years in prison under Chinese law. Rape carries the death penalty in China. Source