Three Chinese men were beaten up by a group of foreigners at a night market in Xian after approaching them to drink and take some photos.
According to The Paper, the three Chinese men and a group of eight foreigners, five male and three female, were drinking and eating barbecue food next to each other outside a restaurant. The foreigners were estimated to be in their 20s and the Chinese men were middle-aged.
The Chinese group consisted of two men from Xian and one from Lanzhou. As foreigners are not very common in Lanzhou, he decided to try and take some photos with them in order to show off to his friends back home.
At around 10 p.m. that night, five of the male foreigners left the table. The man from Lanzhou went over to the table to make a toast with the remaining three female foreigners while his friends took photos. One of the girls, reportedly of Asian origin, was not happy about this and asked them to delete the photos.
After an argument with the Chinese men in a mixture of Chinese and English, the girl got out her phone and made a call. Shortly after, the five men who had left earlier returned to the restaurant and one began to talk with the man from Lanzhou.
According to witnesses, during the conversation the man from Lanzhou let out a huge howl, after which one of the recently returned foreign men picked up a beer bottle and hit him over the head. The confrontation soon escalated, with the five male foreigners moving in to attack the Chinese men.
The Lanzhou man attempted to fight back with a bottle, but he didn’t manage to hit anyone before he was pinned to the ground by four of the male foreigners and beaten. One of the men from Xian was hit by the fifth, while the third Chinese man ran away saying that he was going to call the police.
Ma Cheng, a witness, said that he had moved in to break up the fight, which lasted for more than ten minutes. The foreigners left shortly after, while the three Chinese men remained at the restaurant for a further hour.
Xiao Lijun, a lawyer from a Hubei law office remarked that the foreigners’ conduct was against Chinese law, although the police haven’t received an official report. Once the foreigners are confirmed to have conducted illegal activity, the police should conduct an investigation.
Ma Cheng believed it was the Chinese mens’ fault as they shouldn’t have interrupted the foreigners in the first place.
By Lucy Liu
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