McDonald's murder in China sparks outrage

BEIJING Sun Jun 1, 2014 4:03am EDT

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BEIJING (Reuters) - The murder of a woman at a fastfood restaurant in China has sparked a national outcry after it was revealed she was beaten to death for allegedly refusing to give her telephone number to members of a banned religious group.

The 37-year-old woman was attacked by a group of people who were described as being members of the Church of Almighty God religious movement, state media reported. The group preached a global apocalypse would take place in 2012 and has been banned by Chinese authorities.

The attack occurred last Wednesday at a McDonald's restaurant in northeastern Shandong province and was captured on surveillance video, the official Xinhua News Agency said in a commentary. Video footage of the attack was shown on China Central Television on Saturday.

Six alleged group members, including four from one family, have been arrested over the attack, state media reported.

"The audacity of the cult members to terrorize their victim at a McDonald's, a chain frequented by average Chinese, further racked people's nerves," Xinhua said.

Apart from shock and anger, many social media users condemned onlookers, who failed to stop the assault in coastal Zhaoyuan city, about 160 km north of Qingdao.

"If I stay quiet today, who will help me cry for help when I suffer from misfortunes in the future?," asked one Weibo user. "If I don't speak up as a passerby, then one day, if injustice should come upon me, no one would speak up for me as well."

(Reporting by Matthew Miller; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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Comments (8)
Jingan wrote:
……cult members driving Cayenne….another cover up elites

Jun 02, 2014 6:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ATAT8080 wrote:
I know of a murderer who is a citizen of California.
He did all sorts of horrible things.
Therefore, California is a horrible state.
= fallacious reasoning.

Jun 02, 2014 10:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrj906202 wrote:
When you have 1.2 billion people,you can expect crazy things to happen,somewhere every day.Doesn’t mean the whole country is a disaster.

Jun 03, 2014 11:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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