Slap in the heart of the big dumpling; or at least on the South Third Ring Road. Here’s some video of a large demonstration today outside Jingwen mall in south Beijing, after the body of a woman named Yuan Liya was found dead outside the building. The cops say she jumped. The protestors say that Ms Yuan, who was an employee at the mall, was gang raped by security guards and then thrown off the roof. Ms Yuan was from Anhui and according to reports I’ve seen most of the protestors are from her home town. Here are some photos of the protest.
Here’s a brief account of the protest at Global Times, which clearly lowballs the numbers involved and which omits the above details, along with the fact that there was a huge police/PAP presence, apparently to forestall the protestors stated aim of marching on Tiananmen.
There’s a longer account of the story at the Beijing Cream blog, based in China, but attempts to link to it just return a 404. The name Yuan Liya and the term suicide are now sensitive words on the Sinosphere.
It’s now 1 am in Beijing, so presumably the crowds have dispersed, at least for today.I’ll update this post as I have more. The nearest parallel in mass incident terms I can think of is the Weng’an incident in Guizhou in 2008.