Six members of a religious cult have been arrested for killing a woman at a McDonald’s in Shandong province in a case that has prompted national outrage over the failure of onlookers and restaurant staff to intervene.
The suspects, all members of the Quannengshen (Almighty God) cult, were collecting telephone numbers to recruit members in the Zhaoyuan restaurant at about 9pm on Wednesday. They were said to have become agitated when the victim, surnamed Wu, rejected them.
Online videos and photographs showed the suspects beating Wu with chairs, then with a metal mop. The beating continued even after the mop broke, with attackers kicking Wu’s head.