detonated a small explosive device outside of the US Embassy in Beijing yesterday afternoon is now in police custody with Chinese state media reporting that he has suffered in the past from “regular visual and auditory hallucinations.”fter a visit to the hospital, the man who
Beijing police have identified the man as a 26-year-old, surnamed Jiang, from Tongliao in Inner Mongolia, a city located about 760km to the northeast of China’s capital. In state media reports, the explosive device that the man used has been classified as one made from “firecrackers.” Three unexploded devices of the same design were also found at the scene, along with a lighter.
Unconfirmed reports state that the man had attempted to throw one of these explosives over the US Embassy fence, but had failed in doing so. He ended up injuring only his own hand, hurting no one else.
As reported by China’s official Xinhua news agency, Beijing police have found that Jiang has previously been diagnosed with “paranoid personality disorder.” His family also reportedly told police that since the second half of 2016, Jiang has suffered from “regular visual and auditory hallucinations.” Because of these hallucinations, he has been hospitalized, has received psychological counseling, and has not been able to work.
China has been quick to attempt to sweep yesterday’s explosion under the rug, deleting numerous photos and videos of the scene from Weibo, as well as unauthorized reports. Free Weibo lists “US Embassy” as the second-most highly censored word on the social media network at the moment.
I typed in the keyword "北京美國大使館爆炸" just minutes ago and the real-time posts from just 20 minutes ago have all been removed. The most recent post dates back to 2016. #Censorship is def deployed within a very short period of time. #China #USembassyexplosion #Beijing pic.twitter.com/hPv8UAMVj4
— William Yang (@WilliamYang120) July 26, 2018
Indeed, China has been especially careful to avoid even mentioning the US Embassy in regards to the blast, instead stating that the explosion occurred “at the intersection of Tianze Road and Anjialou Road in Chaoyang District” without noting what prominent building is located there.
As reported in a Twitter thread by AFP reporter Rebecca Lu, a female passerby was whisked away by plainclothes security officers in the aftermath of the explosion after showing images and videos to a group of reporters at the scene. As Lu followed to see why the woman was being dragged away, the men pretended that she was a family member as they stuffed her into a waiting car, even as the woman shouted, “I do not know that man. I didn’t do anything! I was just a bystander!”
Have a taste of Chinese rule of law at Beijing US embassy explosion site! Scene 1: A bystander (woman w flower print shirt @ far right) kindly decided to share images and video – apparently passed to her by a friend – w a scrum of journalists via WeChat pic.twitter.com/EnfBkuMcoy
— Becky Davis (@rebeccaludavis) July 26, 2018