Police in South Korea’s Jeju Island have arrested eight Chinese tourists on charges of assaulting four people, including a female restaurant owner, in the popular resort destination.
According to South Korean media, the tourists — six men and two women — got into a brawl at a restaurant on the night of Sept. 9 after they were asked not to consume alcohol they brought from outside.
Angered at being barred from drinking the alcohol they carried, the visitors decided to leave the restaurant.
The restaurant owner then asked the tourists to pay for the food that they ordered, as the dishes had already been laid out on the table.
This led the tourists to fly into a rage and attack the woman, a 53-year-old surnamed Ahn.
Korea Times cited police as saying that the Chinese kicked the restaurant owner in the stomach and also tried to hit her with a bottle of alcohol.
Meanwhile, the group also assaulted three others, including Ahn’s son, who were trying to stop the attack.
The incident is said to have taken place at a restaurant in Jeju’s Yeondong district.
After receiving a report, police arrived at the scene and arrested the Chinese tourists on the spot.
Ahn was sent to hospital, where she was diagnosed with intracranial hemorrhage and needed in-patient care.
According to China’s Global Times newspaper, the tourists were part of a tour group from Nanjing. They arrived in Jeju on Sept. 6 and were scheduled to return home on Sept. 10.
But now they are under detention on the resort island.
A video clip of their violent behavior in the restaurant is now being circulated in online forums after a person captured the incident on camera.
According to reports, the Jeju police are planning to ask a local court to issue formal warrants to keep five of the suspects in custody.
The other three have been released but are still banned from leaving the island.
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