Following up on our report about the attack on a French expatriate outside Bar 88 on June 10, four suspects have been detained after a police investigation, according to the China Daily. The reason behind the altercation was not racism (as claimed by the French expat), but rather “friction on the dance floor”, according to a police spokesperson.
The Daily describes the main suspect responsible for the attack as a young man in his 20’s surnamed Chen. Three others have been detained and the police are still searching for the fifth suspect.
According to the spokesman from the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, there was a physical conflict on the dance floor between Thomas and the main suspect before the attack occurred outside the bar. Chen summoned four friends and attacked Thomas in retaliation.
The spokesman also stressed that the recent attacks suffered by Chinese students in France has no connection to the attacks in Shanghai. (Well, duh.)
In a separate report by the Global Times, the French expat is now currently back in France to recuperate on a one-month vacation.
His girlfriend, Sonia Dollet, reiterating what he earlier told Shanghaiist, was adamant that the attack was unprovoked:
“It was just a sort of racism or free violence against white people, we think,” Dollet said. “We hadn’t seen these men before.”
Dollet did recall an incident before they left the bar in which a man pushed her twice as she was dancing on the stage. “He didn’t like that I was dancing in front of him,” she said.
It’s pretty amazing how swiftly police were able to apprehend the four suspects, considering they weren’t even interested in taking the following video shot by a quick-thinking passerby.