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Shocking Liuzhou Car Rampage and Stabbing Leaves Two Dead (Updated: Six Dead) and Many Injured

An incident that occurred on the Wenchang Bridge in Liuzhou on August 20 has left at least two people dead among many injured.

Manya Koetse

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Some shocking footage is making its rounds on WeChat (video link, viewer discretion advised), after a car rampage and stabbing took place in the city of Liuzhou earlier today.

The incident occurred around 11 in the morning (local time) at the Wenchang Bridge (文昌大桥) in Liuzhou, Guangxi province, when a man driving a black Toyota crashed his car into more than ten electric bikes on the offside lane on the motorway, injuring many people [number still unknown].

According to eyewitness accounts, the driver got out of his car after crashing into the vehicles and started stabbing people.

The footage that is circulating on Weibo and Wechat shows the shocking situation at the scene of the incident shortly after it occurred. It shows how some people, some already beyond rescue, are lying on the street, part of vehicles and electric bikes scattered around the scene (warning for very graphic footage posted by Sina News).

Chinese media report that two people have died due to their injuries.

The suspect, a 54-year-old from Xiangzhou county in Laibin, has now been arrested. The case is still being investigated by police, but several reports suggest the suspect is “emotionally conflicted.”

Another video of the scene and the arrest was published on Weibo by Qihuan Video here (video by The Paper).

On Weibo, some people complain about the little information provided on the incident by police and media. “Lately, this kind of news reporting has no head and no tail,” one person says.

There are also rumors going around about the context of the incident: “I’ll give you more background info,” one person from Liuzhou writes: “This happened near to where I work. This man was caught up in family issues, and first stabbed four people in one place and then went on to drive to the bridge where he crashed into people with his car. He rampaged the entire bridge, then got out of his car and stabbed into people. I’m so shocked. I’m so happy I left there early. The bridge is now closed off. They already got him. It seems he didn’t want to live. He also did not resist.”

This netizen’s report has not been confirmed by authorites. Rumors suggesting that some of the victims are the suspect’s own family members have also not been confirmed at time of writing.

Update:

On August 21, China Daily reports that six people were killed in the rampage and knife attack. More details here.

By Manya Koetse

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China Food & Drinks

Tianjin Restaurant Introduces “Meal Boxes for Women”

The special lunch boxes for women were introduced after female customers had too much leftover rice.

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China’s anti food waste campaign, that was launched earlier this month, is still in full swing and noticeable on China’s social media where new iniatives to curb the problem of food loss are discussed every single day.

Today, the hashtag “Tianjin Restaurant Launches Special Female Meal Boxes” (#天津一饭店推出女版盒饭#) went trending with some 130 million views on Weibo, with many discussions on the phenomenon of gender-specific portions. The restaurant claims its special ‘female lunch boxes’ are just “more suitable for women.”

According to Tonight News Paper (今晚报), the only difference their reporter found between the “meals for women” and the regular meals, is the amount of rice served. Instead of 275 grams of rice, the ‘female edition’ of the restaurant’s meals contain 225 grams of rice.

The restaurant, located on Shuangfeng Road, decided to introduce special female lunch boxes after discovering that the female diners of the offices they serve usually leave behind much more rice than their male customers.

The restaurant now claims they expect to save approximately 10,000 kilograms of rice on an annual basis by serving their meals based on gender.

On Chinese social media, the initiative was heavily criticized. Weibo netizens wondered why the restaurant would not just offer “bigger” and “smaller” lunch boxes instead of introducing special meals based on gender.

“There are also women who like to eat more, what’s so difficult about changing your meals to ‘big’ and ‘small’ size?”, a typical comment said: “Some women eat a lot, some men don’t.”

Many people called the special meals for women sex discrimination and also wanted to know if there was a difference in price between the ‘female’ and ‘male’ lunch boxes.

There are also female commenters on Weibo who claim they can eat much more than their male colleagues. “Just give me the male version,” one female user wrote: “I’ll eat that meal instead.”

This is the second time this month that initiatives launched in relation to China’s anti food waste campaign receive online backlash.

A restaurant in Changsha triggered a storm of criticism earlier this month after placing two scales at its entrance and asking customers to to enter their measurements into an app that would then suggest menu items based on their weight. The restaurant later apologized for encouraging diners to weigh themselves.

By Manya Koetse

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15-Year-Old Girl Jumps to Death in Sichuan, Kills Father Who Tried to Catch Her

The tragic incident has stirred a flood of comments on Weibo.

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After the shocking death of a 2-year-old boy went viral in China earlier today, another tragic story is again top trending on social media.

On August 22, authorities in the city of Luzhou in Sichuan stated that on Saturday morning 10:30 a 15-year-old girl jumped from the 25th floor of an apartment building.

The girl’s father, a 42-year-old man, attempted to catch his daughter and break her fall. Both father and daughter were killed in the incident.

The hashtag “Father killed while trying to catch daughter who jumped off a building” (#父亲欲接坠楼女儿被砸身亡#) received over 460 million views on Weibo on Saturday, with thousands of people discussing the tragic event.

Bystander footage of the scene shows (blurred, viewer discretion advised) how people are screaming in horror when the girl jumps to her death.

The case is currently still under investigation.

Among the flood of comments, there are many who are worried about the mother in this family and offer their condolences: “She must be in so much pain.”

Some also ponder over the terrible predicament of the girl’s father and a dad’s love for his daughter, writing things such as: “He just relied on his instincts to step forward and open his arms.”

There are also many people reflecting on the stress experienced by young people in China, school pressure being a major issue, leading to self-harm or suicide. According to a 2017 news report, suicide is the leading cause of death among young Chinese people.

“I can understand both the daughter and the father,” some say: “I can feel the pain in my heart.”

 

By Manya Koetse

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