On September 15 in Xi’an, Shanxi province, an anti-Japanese protest got so out of hand that a Chinese man was partially paralyzed when someone clobbered him over the head with a piece of steel. Fifty-one-year-old Li Jianli’s only crime? Driving a Toyota Corolla with his family. His wife futilely pleaded with the mob, “It was wrong of us to buy a Japanese car. We won’t buy one ever again, OK?”
We knew it was only a matter of time that a video would surface of the attack, and behold, it’s above. Warning: the violence is graphic, a near-front-row view of a crazed man striking Li multiple times with a U-shaped bike lock. While the wife hysterically tends to her unconscious husband who’s bleeding from the head, we hear the sound of thwacking, probably from people who failed to recognize the gravity of the situation and continued pounding the Corolla. One man in the crowd angrily shouts, “Can we first save this guy?” He speaks with a pretty heavy accent, but Shanghaiist’s Kenneth Tan — who first posted this video — translates his next phrase as, “We are all Chinese, have you started to take him for a Japanese?”
Of course we would never wish for someone’s physical injury, even in the name of justice. But we don’t have to care what happens to this guy if — when — he’s found. Pictures of him after the jump. Youku has, unsurprisingly, censored the above video. Update: It’s on ifeng though, embedded after the jump. UPDATE 2, 9/27, 3:36 pm: OK, it’s no longer on ifeng, but there’s a Youku newscast clip.