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(What's on Weibo) Over the past few days, an incident that took place in Sweden earlier this month has attracted major attention on Chinese social media. Bystander videos going around Chinese social media show how a Chinese man is dragged out of a hotel by Swedish police, and later shows a woman and young man are crying on the street outside of a hotel.

According to Chinese news reports, the incident involves the Chinese family Zeng (曾), a younger man and his two senior parents, that was traveling to Sweden’s capital Stockholm on September 2nd.

When they arrived at their hotel, the Generator Stockholm hostel, it was not yet check-in time. The family suggested they would pay a fee to the hotel as long as they could wait in the lobby until they could check in to their hotel rooms. Zeng’s father reportedly is 67 years old and suffers from cardiovascular disease.

Sina News reports that the hotel refused the family’s request and even called the police to have the Chinese tourists removed from their lobby in the middle of the night, though both parents claimed they were feeling sick.

State media outlet ECNS writes that the police also denied the family’s request to stay at the hotel, and dragged his father out of the lobby and threw him to the ground outside.

The man later claimed on Chinese social media that his father consequently lost consciousness and that his body started twitching. Zeng and his parents were allegedly taken away from the hotel in a police car and were dropped off near a cemetery in the city’s suburbs.

The family then received help from bystanders in getting back to the city center, where they reported the incident to the Chinese embassy.

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A screenshot of the official website of the Chinese Embassy in Sweden on Sept 15, 2018.

The Chinese embassy in Sweden was appalled and angered at the brutal treatment of the three tourists by Swedish police in Stockholm in the early hours of Sept 2, and strongly condemned the actions of the police, said a representative of the embassy in Sweden on Sept 15.


The embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China have made solemn representations to the Swedish government, respectively in Stockholm and Beijing, stressing that what the police did severely endangered the lives and violated the basic human rights of the Chinese citizens, said the spokesperson.


The embassy urged the Swedish government to conduct a thorough and immediate investigation, and respond to the Chinese citizens' requests for punishment, an apology and compensation in time.


"We cannot understand why the Swedish side has not given us any feedback," the embassy said on its official website. "We hope that the Swedish side will handle the case in accordance with the law, and urge the Swedish side again to take immediate actions to protect the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens in Sweden."





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On Chinese social media, responses to the incident have been mixed. Many people feel that the family unnecessarily “made a big scene,” and condemn the young Mr. Zeng for “falling down on the ground as a crying baby.”

They also say that these Chinese tourists are a “disgrace”: “They might as well have buried them at the graveyard,” some commenters write.

But there are also those who do not understand why the Swedish police handled the case in this way, taking the family in a police car and dropping them on a suburban curbside some six kilometers away, instead of bringing them to the police station or another hotel for the night.

“Perhaps the behavior of these three Chinese citizens was not very appropriate, but two of them are old people, they are not familiar with the area. To throw them out in the early morning, miles away at a cemetery where there are no hotels or stores, is really incorrect behavior by the Swedish police.” From hotel lobby to suburban curbside; screenshot posted by Chinese netizens.

One well-known law blogger (@易辩任煜) wrote on Weibo: “It’s ok to enforce law and to bring people back to the police station and to give them a fine or something like that, but to throw them out like that? Is this the police or the criminal underworld?

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A cringeworthy incident. Not amused by the antics of the tourists, although more information has to be unveiled to pass judgement on the police.
Believe it or not, it's true.

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This post was edited by pnp at 2018-9-17 13:11

Chinese media, as usual, don't tell both sides of the  story, just the brutal treatment the tourists received from the police; exactly what the tourists did in the hotel that led to this incident, was not clearly reported.  Readers are left guessing; bad reporting!  But, if Chinese tourists behavior elsewhere can used as clues here, these tourists probably didn't behave in a civilized manner, perhaps even threatening fights, are disruptive!  Hotels generally don't call the police unless guests behave badly and the staff are unable to control them.

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