By Katie Nelson
Six city officials have been suspended after a video of them beating up a blind beggar and throwing him into the water surfaced on the internet.
The video was included in a micro-blog post by weibo user @Angelbaby_杨露, who claimed that “several chengguan law enforcement officers in Zhaotong City had beat up a blind beggar and tossed him into the water”.
Within a couple of days, the post received over 4 million views and fueled much discussion among outraged Chinese citizens.
The Zhaotong City Zhaoyang District Party Committee Propaganda Department looked into the matter and reported that the city officials involved have been suspended. They also issued the following statement:
The investigation team is to be assembled as soon as possible to launch an investigation into this incident, with further action to be taken after the investigation is completed, with the investigation results and actions taken to be promptly made known to society and netizens. Deputy Head of District in Charge of the Zhaoyang District People’s Government is to make a public apology to He Shiyin (the blind man who was beaten), and we thank all sectors of society for your supervision of the Zhaoyang District’s city management.