Wang Fu, a criminal defence lawyer, was beaten and had his clothes ripped to shreds as he walked out of an Intermediate People’s Court building in Hengyang, Hunan. As the man was heading to the courtroom after exiting his vehicle, a woman asked him if he was Wang Fu. When he confirmed his identity, the woman started to beat him and a large group of people joined her. When lawyers Zhang Lei and Liu Jinbin arrived, they were also circled and beaten by the crowd. The majority of netizens showed no sympathy for the lawyers, saying that they deserved the beating and shouldn’t be defending bad people.