A woman in China claims she was detained and questioned by police after they spotted her in a white kimono while taking photos in Suzhou, China.
The woman posted about the alleged incident on Weibo. She had dressed up as the main character from the Japanese manga series ‘Summer Time Rendering’, for which she wore a white floral kimono and a long blond wig.
On Wednesday evening, while waiting in line with her photographer for a snack, the two were suddenly surrounded by police officers on Huaihai Street, an eatery popular with Japanese bars and restaurants, the woman said.
In a video ostensibly showing her encounter with officers, an officer yells at the woman and doubts her identity.
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“If you come here with Hanfu, I wouldn’t say this. But you wear a kimono, like Chinese. You are a Chinese! Are you?” the officer yells at the woman.
She then calmly asks why she is surrounded by cops.
“On suspicion of seeking a fight and causing problems,” the officer responds.
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The woman is then escorted by the police.
According to the Weibo post, the woman explained that she was interrogated about 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. During this time, she stated that her phone was reportedly searched while her photos were being deleted and her kimono was confiscated. In addition, she was “trained” by agents and warned not to talk about her experience on the Internet.
The woman stated that the police had instructed her to write a 500-word letter of self-criticism and reflection.
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“I feel like I have no dignity at this point,” the woman wrote in a Qzone post on Friday. “The police said what I did was wrong. I feel powerless… I like Japanese culture, European culture and I also like traditional Chinese culture. I like multiculturalism, I like watching anime, is it wrong for me to like something?”
Some Weibo users supported the woman, while others criticized her for wear a kimono.
“That police officer is abusing his power and needs to be dealt with,” wrote one user.
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“We have no reason to choose forgiveness for our ancestors. Well done Chinese police!” another user replied.
The video has racked up more than 8.7 million views and 497,000 likes since it was uploaded on Monday.
Featured image via Weibo