In China a officer of Communist Party ha kicked and punched two astrophysicists (one is an 85 year old woman) because you are refused of “recommend it“To enter the” International Astronautics Academy “, the prestigious scientific organization based in Stockholm of which the two are part.
The story, which took place on 6 June last but went a little under the radar, sparked off popular indignation on social media. The 57 year old Zhang Tao, president and party secretary of the China Aerospace Investment Holdings Co., the main supplier of the company that deals with the Chinese space program, during a dinner in Beijing attacked the scientist Wu Meirong and colleague Wang Jinnian.
Astronauts Wu, 85, a key figure in China’s civilian satellite program, and Wang, 55, a professor at Guangzhou University, were kicked and punched by official Zhang. The scientist or scientist reported fractures of the column vertebral, injuries miscellaneous and a couple of broken ribs. Both are stayed in hospital for a month after the attack, while the official Zhang Tao went to “work as usual”.
On Chinese social media, users have wondered because the incident was kept secret for weeks and for the attacker to get away with it. Up Weibo, the famous Chinese social media, users have been pestering the China Aerospace Investment Holdings Co to ask for explanations. The Chinese space program company initially has tried to excuse Zhang: “He had been drinking“, But after popular indignation he decided to suspend the officer from office.