Chinese writer Zhu Ziping, who writes under the pseudonym Jiu Dan, accused the Ambassador of Spain in Beijing of beating her up following the publication of her book regarding their love affair.
According to Phoenix News, 47-year-old Zhu Ziping put a large umbrella in front of the embassy this past Thursday in Beijing. The umbrella was covered in Chinese characters which read: “Protest against the Ambassador of Spain, Manuel Maria Valencia Alonso, for beating up a Chinese female writer. Protest that the Spanish Embassy has become a place for him to play around with Chinese females.”
Zhu told reporters that they first met in May, 2013 at an exhibition held in Beijing. Despite him being married at that time, they began dating. “We understood each other quite well, and then we started dating,” she said.
She claims that the ambassador cut off their relationship abruptly last April. “I thought he was just playing with my heart, so I decided to write the book titled Mr Ambassador. The book was only meant to be a woman’s confession of love and I didn’t mean to do any harm to him.”
On the evening of June 13, Zhu came across the ambassador embracing another Chinese woman at a bar in Sanlitun. She decided to confront him to ask why she had been shown such disrespect.
After heated argument, Zhu claims the ambassador slapped her twice, pinned her down on the ground and started hitting her head while yelling “you wrote a book about me.”
Zhu added that both China’s Foreign Ministry and local courts refused to take any action over the incident. “The court officials told me that if a Chinese citizen beats you up, we will accept the case. However, as a diplomat, Manuel Maria Valencia Alonso enjoys immunity,” Zhu told reporters.
Feeling frustrated, Zhu chose to organize a sit-in protest at the Spanish Embassy. Zhu insisted that all she wants is the ambassador to apologize for his behaviour.
By Lucy Liu
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