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Liberal writer Li Chengpeng was punched and threatened with a knife at his Beijing book-signing event yesterday

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 January, 2013, 6:36am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 January, 2013, 9:03am

China abroad | China at home

Writer Li Chengpeng returned to his hometown Chengdu Saturday to sign copies of his new book, "The Whole World Knows", a collection of essays, only to be told beforehand by domestic security police that he would not be allowed to address the crowd, speak with fans, or follow up with a Q&A session. In response, Li appeared wearing a mouth mask and a t-shirt on which he had written, "I love you all."

Yesterday, Li returned to Beijing for another book signing, this time greeted by a very long line of readers, a punch in the head, and a threat from one radical leftist in the form of a kitchen knife.

New Tang Dynasty TV has video of the shouting after Li was struck and his would-be interlocutor briefly detained by readers. Later Sunday, both Li's assailant and the knife-carrying man had their names and other personal information spread around online.

China abroad

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China Daily
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Diplomatic Courier
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China at home

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New York Times
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