Target: President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China
Goal: Release woman who was charged with assaulting a police officer using her breast.
In the midst of a protest, one woman was arrested and taken down by an officer who accused her of assault by breast. Ng Lai-Ying was protesting the parallel trading system when she claims Chief Inspector Chan Ka-po touched her breast. Ng shouted indecent assault while approaching the officer, and was taken down and given three months jail time.
Chief Inspector Chan responded by accusing Ng of using her breast as a weapon by purposefully bumping into him with her female parts, which were covered by layers of clothing. A video can of her being taken to the ground by officers and dragged away with her nose bleeding is online. Ng was then found guilty of assaulting an officer and sent to prison along with three other protesters.
The fact that a woman can be blamed for assaulting an officer when her breast is groped in public is absurd, and the Chinese government needs to release Ng and stop the message her imprisonment sends. The idea that female parts can be used to assault men who touch them has become a running joke in China, and they all bring up the same underlying problem: victim blaming.
Ng might not have been violently assaulted, but the fact that a man can allegedly touch her chest, either on purpose or accident, and then send her to jail continues the idea that the fault lies in women for having something deemed worth touching and not men for touching them. President Xi Jinping needs to release Ng, and her three companions, who have not only have their freedom of speech removed but their rights as women violated.
An officer recently accused a protester of assaulting him and she was charged with three months jail time for using her breast as a weapon. Ng Lai-Ying was participating in a protest when she says an officer touched her breast. She approached the Chief Inspector to point out his misbehavior and for this she was brought to the ground, pulled away, with blood running from her nose, and sentenced to jail time.
Breasts are not a weapon. They are a natural part of everyone’s body, and if a woman or man feels theirs have been touched without permission it is within human right to make a comment on it. Ng should not be receiving jail time for standing up to an officer she felt violated her personal space, and she most certainly shouldn’t be considered to have assaulted an officer.
The charge against Ng and the violation of women’s rights it’s perpetuating are not a good message. She should be released immediately along with her fellow protesters and the government of China needs to show that they respect women and their bodies.
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