January 29 2020

Two Burlington Women Reportedly Assaulted in Harvard Square While Protesting Chinese Human Rights Violations

By: Rich Hosford

Police are investigating after two Burlington women were assaulted in Harvard Square in Cambridge. 


According to a report from the Cambridge Police Department, at about 12:40 p.m. on January 26 they were called to the area of the Johnston Gate on Massachusetts Avenue on a report that a woman was screaming that she had been hit by a man who had just run off. 


According to the 48-year-old woman, she and her 78-year-old mother had been on the public sidewalk holding signs in protest of human rights violations in China when they were approached by an Asian male. The woman said the man told her that his father was a high ranking official in the Chinese government and has lots of money. The woman said the man then asked who “Who the [expletive] do you think you are” and called her a “piece of [expletive]” and slapped her on the left side of her face. 


The Burlington woman told police that she started to call the police and warned the man that she was doing so. When he took off the woman and her mother, also a Burlington resident, chased him and in the process were able to take a photo of him. 


They caught up with the man near the Red Line train entrance at Church Street and Massachusetts Avenue and the woman’s mother grabbed hold of his arm in an attempt to detain him until police arrived. At this point, they said the man punched the older woman in the right arm, causing her to lose her grip. The man then ran away. 


Police say a witness said he had observed the male party punch the older woman near the subway entrance. He described the suspect as a young Asian male wearing a dark coat, dark sunglasses and carrying a small suitcase. 


Both women refused medical attention at the scene.


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