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Woman Slapped and Forced into Car Trunk at Hebei Gas Station

Shocking footage that is making its round on China’s social media shows how a woman is beaten and forced into a car trunk at a gas station in Hebei. Weibo netizens are appalled with the incident and how it was dealt with – blaming existing traditional ideas on domestic violence being a private matter.

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Shocking footage that is making its rounds on China’s social media shows how a woman is beaten and forced into a car trunk at a gas station in Hebei. Weibo netizens are appalled with the incident and how it was dealt with – blaming existing traditional ideas on domestic violence being a ‘private matter’.

A Cangzhou regional Weibo media page (@沧州这点事儿) released a short video on June 9 on its social media channel that shows how a woman is forced into a car trunk by a man while bystanders are watching and filming the incident. The violent episode allegedly took place in China’s Cangzhou city (沧州) in Hebei province.

Although bystanders yell “don’t hit her”, the man continues to slap the woman and to force her into the trunk. He then shuts the trunk with force, while her hand is caught in between. The man then stands around for a bit before he returns to the driver’s seat. According to Cangzhou’s regional Weibo channel, the man then drove off.

The video has been shared hundreds of times on Chinese social media, with many netizens responding with shock and anger. “What is a woman’s worth? She is treated like a commodity”, one netizen says. “The man on the side does not prevent this from happening!” another Weibo user comments.

“AZ550 is his number plate,” one netizen responds: “Oh, China’s traditional concepts! Well, now the law has decided that violence between a husband and wife is illegal. And everyone should know this. However, under these circumstances, the woman should’ve called for help and should’ve pointed out a specific person to call the police. Just resisting without saying a single word is not helpful.”

“My heart feels heavy,” another person responds: “It seems like all people can do when faced with these sort of incidents is just to film it.”

“No matter if these people are husband and wife, under such circumstances, people should call the police no matter what, and definitely don’t let the car drive off. It is up to the police to find out the truth behind this matter,” one netizen writes.

Amongst the many things that netizens are questioning about this incident are (1) why the woman did not cry for help, (2) why the bystanders did not take more action, and (3) where the police were in this matter.

Traditional ideas about domestic violence being a “private matter” are also mentioned in this matter. Earlier this year, China launched its first law against domestic violence. As Li Mingshun, Party secretary and deputy president of China Women’s University, was quoted by China.org: “The ancient social orders that took family as a haven excluded from legal penalties no longer apply to a society which is governed by law and seeks to ensure equality and democracy to all of its citizens.”

But although domestic abuse has now become illegal by law, many say the punishment of those who break the law is still too light, which still makes domestic violence a big problem in China.

According to state media estimation, one in four married women in China have experienced some form of domestic violence, although the real figure may be much higher, since many women do not report cases of abuse. Due to the new law, victims of domestic abuse can go to court to seek a restraining order, which could potentially force the abuser out of the home. But critics say the legislation still doesn’t go far enough. “Getting a marriage certificate is like a no-guilty-medal, it lets you get away with anything,” one netizen remarks.

For now, China’s official media report that any further details of this story are yet “unknown”.

For update June 10, see: Woman Forced into Trunk of Car: “I Won’t Press Charges”

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Oil Tanker Truck Explosion Sends Shock Waves through Wenling, Zhejiang

A major oil tanker explosion has left over a hundred people injured and at least ten dead in Wenling, Zhejiang.

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On June 13, the explosion of an oil tanker truck has caused chaos in the city of Wenling in China’s Zhejiang province, leaving at least 112 127 people injured and nine 10 people dead.

The explosion took place in the afternoon at approximately 16:40 near the exit of the G15 Shenhai highway, causing a loud bang and wrecking some homes in the vicinity.

The hashtag “Zhejiang Wenling Tanker Wagon Explosion” (#浙江温岭槽罐车爆炸#) and other related hashtags (#浙江温岭一油罐车爆炸#) are attracting millions of views on social media site Weibo on Saturday evening (local time), with Chinese media and netizens sharing the footage of the damage caused by the explosion.

“My god, this is so scary,” a typical comment on Weibo says, with many people expressing their shock over the major incident.

Emergency and rescue workers are currently still at the scene to assist victims and clear away the wreckage caused by the explosion.

On Saturday night around 21:15 local time, Chiense state media outlet CCTV was still broadcasting a live stream through Weibo showing the latest images and footage of the situation and interviewing injured people in the hospital.

Local authorities and Chinese media are warning people not to go near Wenling’s Daxi to keep the roads clear for rescue workers.

Meanwhile, people on Chinese social media are spreading praying emoji’s and candles, expressing their sympathies for the victims of today’s explosion.

By Manya Koetse

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China’s Shulan City in “Wartime Mode” after Recording 13 COVID-19 Infections

Local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases in Shulan.

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The city of Shulan in China’s Jilin Province is top trending on Chinese social media today after local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases.

These are the first local infections in the entire province after a period of 73 days, China News reports, with other previous cases all being infections from abroad.

Last week, on May 7th, a female resident was the first to be tested positive for COVID-19. The city in northeast China is now the only place in the PRC to be marked as “high risk.”

One page on social media platform Weibo dedicated to the topic of Shulan going into “wartime mode” (“战时状态”) had received over 190 million views by Monday evening local time.

What does this “wartime mode” entail?
– All residents stay home, lockdown of residential compounds
– All public places closed
– Schools closed
– All public transportation suspended
– No more selling of fever-reducing medicine in clinics or stores

According to CGTN, a total of 290 people who have been in close contact with the infected patients have been traced and placed under medical observation.

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By Manya Koetse (@manyapan)
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