Chinese officials are very upset at a terrible mistake made by police officers. The officers beat a woman outside of a government office. Nothing strange there. Officers routinely beat Chinese citizens who try to present petitions for relief to the government as a deterrent. It turns out, however, that this was Chen Yulian, the wife of a provincial law enforcement officer. She had come to go out to lunch with her husband. The local Communist Party Chief appeared aghast — not with beating citizens of course but that an elite party member was given the same treatment: “Our police officers never realized that they beat the wife of a senior leader.”
International media has reported (despite Chinese efforts to prevent photographs and access) that poor Chinese are routinely beaten and arrested when they come to complain about their lands being stolen for development or lethal pollution in their villages.
When Chen Yulian walked up to the Hubei provincial party headquarters, six public security officers attacked her.