Eight Chinese tourists were arrested in South Korea over the weekend after beating up a restaurant owner in the popular resort island of Jeju.
According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, six men and two women assaulted the 53-year-old restaurant owner surnamed Ahn, in addition to three other workers in a massive brawl on Saturday night.
Police report that the fracas began after Ahn stopped the tourists from drinking alcohol that they had brought in from outside of the restaurant. The Chinese tourists decided to leave, but Ahn insisted that they pay for the food that they had ordered, which had just arrived at the table.
Things escalated from there, with the Chinese tourists allegedly smashing one of the glass beer bottles over Ahn’s head. They also assaulted three other workers at the restaurant, including Ahn’s son.
Ahn was taken to the hospital with a head injury. At the same time, police arrested all of the eight tourists for the assault.
They have now released three of the tourists, but have not permitted them to leave the island. The other five suspects will face charges and are being kept in police custody.
In an “exclusive report,” the nationalistic Party tabloid, the Global Times has put their own spin on the shocking assault, arguing that both sides in the incident were Chinese and that the mainland tourists had merely beaten up a fellow “compatriot.” The report reveals that Ahn is a Chinese national of Korean ethnicity living in South Korea.
For some odd reason, this does not appear to have made Korean authorities more reluctant to prosecute the crime. Jeju island locals say that they are tired of all the uncivilized behavior coming from the waves of Chinese tourists each year, and that something needs to be done to put an end to it.
“The number of crimes committed by foreigners is rapidly increasing on the island,” an anonymous police officer told Yonhap. “We will firmly exercise governmental authority to make sure foreign tourists don’t get away with committing crimes.”
Watch a video of the brawl below:
Obviously, these tourists were just a little too excited about the upcoming nationalist blockbuster “My War” about Chinese soldiers fighting in the Korean War.