Shang­hai po­lice de­tain ha­rass­ment sus­pect

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

Shang­hai po­lice have de­tained a 23-year-old man for ha­rass­ment fol­low­ing an online furor over the al­leged vic­tim’s com­plaints that her post­ings about the in­ci­dent at a Star­bucks had been deleted to “pre­serve eth­nic unity.”

Po­lice con­firmed the sus­pect was a Mus­lim of Chi­nese na­tion­al­ity, the vic­tim said Sun­day.

He was de­tained Satur­day for “re­peat­edly ha­rass­ing the girl af­ter he was drunk on Thurs­day,” Huangpu district po­lice in Shang­hai an­nounced on Sun­day via its Sina Weibo ac­count.

The vic­tim al­leged Fri­day that she was “at­tacked by a Mid­dle Eastern­look­ing Mus­lim man” at a Star­bucks on the Bund in a post­ing on her Sina Weibo ac­count us­ing her online name “Ning­suk.” The man also told her he was an Arab Mus­lim, ac­cord­ing to the post­ing.

For about two hours, the Mus­lim man forcibly pulled at her try­ing to force her to take a selfie with him out­side the cof­fee shop, she said. Star­bucks staff helped halt the ha­rass­ment and sought to call the author­i­ties, but the woman re­fused, po­lice said in its Sina Weibo state­ment.

The al­leged vic­tim then claimed that on Satur­day that she re­ceived an anony­mous phone call or­der­ing her to delete her post for “un­der­min­ing eth­nic unity.”

Her post about the dele­tion on Satur­day re­ceived 122,301 likes and 4,098 com­ments on Sina Weibo as of press time. Most peo­ple ex­pressed in­dig­na­tion that a post­ing about per­sonal safety was al­legedly deleted for rea­sons linked to eth­nic unity.

The lo­cal po­lice are try­ing to iden­tify the per­son who or­dered the woman to delete her post­ings on the phone, “Ning­suk” posted on Satur­day via Sina Weibo.

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