[Chenzhou, China] This video is long, so please read the description to understand what is going on.
At just past 5pm on March 24, 2010, the Chenzhou entrepreneur Cui Yuanping booked a suite at the Royal Bank KTV on Qingnan Road. After having dinner, he and his friends came to the suite, which they found to be too small. So Cui went to the front desk and ask for a larger room (specifically, Suite 236).
However, Suite 236 was already booked and therefore the receptionist turned Cui down. Since Cui had a few drinks during dinner, he insisted on getting Suite 236. That was when the dispute began.
During the argument, the receptionist said sarcastically: "Here, the boss is whosoever has the money. So I want to reserve the room for someone else. What can you do?!" Losing face publicly in front of his friends and relatives, Cui picked up an object from the reception desk and threw it at the receptionist. He was also about to charge over and hit her. But she picked up a stool and hit Cui. This made Cui mad and wanted to hit her. The security manager at the front desk went up to stop him, and a physical struggle ensued.
When the other security guards saw their manager wrestling with someone, they came over to help. So did the two younger brothers of Cui. There were injuries on both sides during the melee. But Cui's action drew the ire of the security manager who summoned more security guards. Under his order, more than a dozen uniformed guards armed with steel rods rushed over. These newcomers arrived in the lobby and hit Cui's group on the heads, arms and bodies with their steel rods. Since they were armed and many, the Cui group were bloodied. The lobby was locked down so nobody could get out. The security guards continued their assault under the direction of their manager.
During the confusion, someone used a sharp object to cut the vein in Cui's right hand, causing blood to pour on his hand and on the ground. Cui was forced onto the sofa in the middle of the lobby. His cousin Li Ming was trying to catch a respite on the other side of the sofa. But their nightmare did not stop as the security guards began another round of assault. Although Cui was lying injured on the ground, they did not let up. The surveillance video showed one guard hitting him with a steel rod, another guard kicking his body and a third guard punching his head. Cui's girlfriend was crying and pleasing: "Please don't hit him anymore. He's going to die!" She used her body to shield Cui from more vicious beating.At 20:56, the relentless beating had gone on for almost 8 minutes. A Royal Bank owner finally arrived at the scene. Under his order, the assault was temporarily halted. But as he took the security guards out, the security manager suddenly came back and began hitting a semi-conscious person on the sofa. The other security guards returned and continued their assault with steel rods.
Their behavior made the Royal Bank owner angry. He yelled at the security guards and ordered them to stop. This gave some breathing room to Cui's group. Cui's girlfriend used her dress to stop Cui's bleeding. But within two minutes, the security manager rushed back to the sofa and continued to hit Cui and Li Ming regardless of the owner's order.
Cui's girlfriend was down on her knees to beg the security manager and guards for mercy. Another friend of Cui came over and said something. He was immediately set upon by the security guards. During the confusion, a security guard picked up a flower vase and pelted him on his head. The man fell down bleeding.
The entire assault lasted for more than 10 minutes. At 21:08, the police arrived. The injured persons were taken away by ambulance.
According to local media reports, a customer fought with the security guards at the Royal Bank KTV after failing to get a different suite. More than 10 security guards retaliated with steel rods. However, the video showed that by the time the security guards joined in, the Cui party was already down and out.
Even more incredible was the fact that when the reporter interviewed Cui and his girlfriend, they exhibited more fear than anger. The girl who got down on her knees to beg mercy for her boyfriend did not dare say anything to the reporter.
According to Cui, he does not even know if the police have detained any of the perpetrators. The reason may be the fact that the Royal Bank KTV has powerful backers. Local talk is that it is behavior like this that creates a vicious cycle for social deterioration. The local citizens want the government to clean things up and give them back a harmonious Chenzhou.
(Translation courtesy of EastSouthWestNorth Blog)
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