A couple was hit violently by the son of a Chinese Army general and famous tenor Li Shuangjiang (李双江) in a dispute near a residential area of Haidian District, Beijing on 6th September. This incident gained huge attention from the public in China. General Li Shuangjiang’s son, the name of which was kept because of his young age will be put in detention for one year according to the Beijing police.
“Don’t you dare call 110!”
“We were driving in front of them while we were entering the gate of our residential area at 9 o’clock that night. We slowed down and heard their honking. When my husband and I got off the car, they came up and hit us.” Yang, the injured female recalled. According to the witness, the 15-year-old Li’s son was in his customized BWM and his 18-year-old friend Su was in his Audi. They are young and tall, hitting the couple together for about 3 minutes without any explanation, despite that the couple’s 5-year-old daughter was crying in the car. The couple was unable to fight back. “Don’t you dare call 110!” the younger Li, who does not have a driver’s license, warned the onlookers.
“They wanted to leave after the assault, but we didn’t want to just watch them escape. There were about 40 residents on the spot, surrounding them and calling the police” one resident said. Li and Su attempted to drive away, but found the way blocked by the bystanders’ cars. Su even said to a car owner “I will give you 2000 yuan if you get out of the way.” Finally they ran without the cars. The police captured them on the grass near the gate.
The couple got head injuries. Mr. Peng had 9 stitches in his forehead and 3 in the back of the head. The nose and right eye were both wounded.
Father apologizes for son’s attack
Li Shuangjiang, the 72-year-old Chinese Army general and dean of the music department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Academy of Arts, went to visit the couple in the hospital in Haidian district. "It’s my fault failing to educate my son to behave well" he said. He also promised that his son will be punished by law and he will compensate the couple. The victim Mr. Peng accepted Li’s apology and said that it was not the fault of the father. "Your son is less than 15 years old, and every person might do wrong when young," said Peng’s wife considerately "When we were young, we also did something wrong."
Li Shuangjiang was accompanied by policemen when he went to the hospital, that also aroused headed discuessions on the internet. Someone said it was kind of showing off or threat. But Li explained that “it’s normal to have some body guards and secretaries because of my ranking. I sent them to protect the victims in case of being disturbing by the journalists.”
Public were less forgiving
Now younger Li will be put in detention for one year. And Su will be arrested as soon as the police get the approval from the People’s Procuratorate. Su Wenbin, father of the attacker Su was detained by the police because it was found that the license plate on the Audi driven by Su was registered to another car owned by National Tax Bureau of Shanxi province. Su Wenbin was suspected of using the fake license plate.
But the public is not so easy to forgive. They questioned that why younger Li can drive without a driver’s license. Moreover, the BMW was found to have been violating traffic regulations for 32 times. And someone even suspects Su is the son of the chief of Taiyuan police station. The furor from the public toward the “Official 2nd Generation” engulfs the attackers.
The incident reminds the public of a previous case of Li Qiming, the son of Li Gang, deputy director of the public security bureau of Beishi district of Baoding city, Hebei province. Li Qiming struck two students with his car in 2010 while driving drunk, one of which was killed. He shouted "My father is Li Gang” when the crowd stopped him. And “My dad is Ligang” became the pet phrase of many netizens, showing their mockery to the 2nd Official Generation and 2nd Generation Rich.
Li Shuangjiang had his son when he was 58
Li’s family singing on stage