Police tracked down Xi'an protest assailant and immediately put his photo online
A suspect was detained by Xi'an police yesterday in Nanyang, Henan province, in connection with a brutal assault during anti-Japan protests last month that left one man paralysed and unable to speak.
One police officer involved in the operation uploaded photos of the suspect, surnamed Cai, from within a police vehicle shortly after his capture, along with some celebratory messages. The officer, known on Sina Weibo as "Knife-throwing Panda", then had his photos deleted followed soon after by the suspension of his microblog account, access to which was restored today after nearly all earlier content was removed.
Administrators with the popular Tianya BBS forum had by Monday this week raised more than 60,000 yuan (HK$73,546) in donations from users to be given to anyone able to assist police locate Cai.
And, People's Daily weighed in yesterday with a microblog post harshly condemning violence in the name of patriotism: "It's a complex world, China is growing up, and citizens of every sort are expressing themselves with ever-increasing frequency. Love this land, obey they the law, respect your compatriots."
Southern Metropolis Daily reported today that the victim of the September 15 assault, Li Jianli, who was hospitalised after having part of his skull crushed, has since regained the ability to speak and can also now walk.
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