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China Accuses Sweden Of Violating Human Rights After Hostel-Booking Confusion

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    An incident involving three Chinese tourists at a Swedish hostel has resulted in a diplomatic argument between China and Sweden, reports The Guardian.

    A disagreement between Chinese tourists, two parents and their son, and the Generator Stockholm hostel over a check-in time resulted in the hostel calling the police and having the family forcefully escorted out of the building. Beijing has criticized Sweden’s treatment of the Zeng family, claiming that they were “brutally abused” by Swedish police, and demanding an apology.

    The family reportedly arrived at the hostel around midnight, hours earlier than their 2 p.m. check in the next day. They requested to be allowed to wait in the lobby, but the staff refused and called the police to have them removed. Video footage from the incident shows the police carrying the family members onto the street while the son yells, “This is killing. This is killing,” and the mom cries “Save me” in Chinese while lying on the ground outside the establishment.

    The Chinese embassy in Sweden reported that China’s ministry of foreign affairs and the embassy have “made solemn representations” to the Swedish government, “stressing that what the police had done severely endangered the life and violated the basic human rights of the Chinese citizens,” writes The Guardian. They have demanded an investigation and an apology and compensation for the affected family.


    The Chinese embassy also reported that they had yet to receive a response from the Swedish government, saying, “We are deeply puzzled that Sweden’s government has not yet taken the initiative to give feedback to the Chinese government on this matter,” reported the South China Morning Post.

    The son posted on Chinese social media site WeChat about the incident, saying that his ageing parents were feeling sick and requested to rest in the lobby while they were waiting for their check-in time. He also claimed that his parents were later driven by a police to a nearby cemetery and left there. The tourist then filed a complaint with the Stockholm police at the Chinese embassy.


    The incident has spread across social media sites, receiving thousands of views and comments on microblog Weibo, and sparking a debate over the treatment of Chinese tourists.

    One user wrote, “This is shameful. The image of China has been disgraced in the hands of these people,” while another commented, “The Dalai Lama visits Sweden and the foreign ministry uses this incident as a pretext to make a fuss. That’s more embarrassing than the performance of this family.”

    Another user felt differently, writing in an essay posted on WeChat, “These people feel the world should move around them, if not, then they lie down on ground and scream for help.”

    The hostel manager responded to the tourists’ complaints, saying that the family was making verbal threats and that hostel staff were forced to call the police, writes Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

    “We only know that we have done everything we could do for this guest, but at the same time we can not accept that our staff are exposed to threats and that other guests will suffer from a threatening situation.”
     
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    Swedish version I've seen is that they turned up late at night at a hostel where they didn't have a booking until the following day and which didn't have any rooms. Kicked off, staff felt threatened and called the police. Didn't calm down when the police arrived and got arrested.

    As a subtext there is apparently a dispute about the Chinese arresting a Swedish citizen who was born in China - so this being publicized is most likely the Chinese using soft power against the Swedes over that case, and using this as a pretext of opportunity.
     
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    The staff overreacted
     
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    chinese talking human rights ?
     
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    I am not sure if this is funny or just plain weird :unsure:
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    funny .
     
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    Customer care is the last thing here... they can be pretty rude especially to the foreigners as they know if their job ends, the social welfare system will start to pay for them. You get this feeling in most of the places.
     
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    The man order a hotel room in 8/30, but he arrived on 8/30 1:00AM which he has to wait until 2pm to check in, so he and his family want to stay at lobby for that period of time, which is against policy, so they called police after tourists refuse to leave.

    Police never touched them in the process, they just lying down there and trying to blame police to get them to stay, but it is only possible in China, outside of China people actually carry out laws like it suppose to.

    Reports says his father had a heart attack yet no ambulance was called, total fake.
     
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    Petty politics.
     
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    This is a good example of how a daily incident being handled poorly by the hotel operator and local police. When a guest arrive earlier in a.m. hours, it was dark and cold outside, what they were trying to do was waiting in the lobby and wait out. I bet this kind of scenarios happen millions of times in hotels around world. They can just show some hospitality to their guests and provided a cup of hot drinks to keep them warm, which happened to me a couple of times when traveling overseas. Or they could provide directions to nearby alternatives given the guests are strangers there. Many things could have been done. Instead they called the police and it appeared the police determined that they should be “removed” by force. Yes they were trespassing hotel’s property but this can be handled a lot better.
     
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    Well who knows how it all actually went down at the spot. There are two sides to each story with he says/she says till we have some direct evidence of what happened (like CCTV etc). Staff says they felt threatened apparently...the guests deny it I assume. Who is correct?
     
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    well let say if the CCTV footage show up then the staff are telling the truth , if they hide those videos then I guess I believe the guest are telling the truth .
     
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    Ya I get that feeling from welfare states...Some customer care lack basic knowledge I really do wonder if there is some underground safarish system I am unaware of :rofl:

    I think that is where the difference arises...It wasnt a 5 star hotel but a hostel, which doesnt have half the services and def not a big lobby so they may have some regulations about not letting xyz stay for longer than xyz mins/ hrs...

    1 am to 2 pm is a long time! If the staff felt insecure...which is normal when some xenophobic white sees an Asian they quickly think they are gonna be mugged or something which is plain stupid considering they had a reservation..But god only knows what goes through certain people's mind ESP when it comes to foreigners!

    and he survived? That would be interesting ....My scientist side wants to cut him open to see how that happened :p:
     
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