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Movie loudmouths beat pair who asked for quiet

SHANGHAI police said they were looking for assailants who beat a couple at a downtown movie theater over the weekend after the couple told them to quiet down during the film.

The couple said there were some witnesses who saw them being beaten in an underground garage on Saturday night but no one alerted the police.

Officials told Shanghai Daily a local police station is investigating.

"I'm weary from looking all possible traces of the suspects and trying to identify them with the help of the police officers," said one of the victims, a woman surnamed Gu.

Gu said yesterday that her husband has had partial deafness due to the severe beating he took after he was thrown to the ground.

The movie theater, Shanghai Jinyi Cinemas, said yesterday that they had surveillance footage of the people involved in the dispute and beating.

The theater said it is cooperating with the police and will share developments later.

The incident happened on Saturday about 9:50pm, soon after the movie, "The Expendables 2," began and a man who had a flat-looking head sat on the seat next to Gu, she said.

"We asked him to quiet down because he spoke loudly," said Gu.

"But the man said 'It's none of your business.'" Gu said they continued watching the movie.

However the man and three of his companions, one man and two women, tried to block Gu's way in the theater after the movie ended. Gu said the four followed them to the underground garage, with two women holding off Gu and the men beating Gu's husband.

"They knocked my husband's glasses off and kicked him on the ground and hit his head and chest," said Gu.

When Gu tried to intervene, she was also beaten, said the woman.

Gu said none of the witnesses tried to help and the police confirmed they weren't notified until the couple called them later.

The couple posted Internet pictures of their injures, including several scratches on Gu's neck and face. They called for the public to help capture their attackers.

Despite looking at surveillance camera clips, the woman said yesterday she "still could not see the faces clearly."

She said she hoped the theater seat information will give some help in identifying the assailants.

After the incident, local police urged people to be "polite and civilized at public places when watching movies."

Gu said on the Internet late yesterday that the attackers had not been found. "A day of nothing, I will continue to look for those that beat us."


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