A young Swedish man has a cautionary tale for bar-going expats, and their parents alike. While out with friends in November 2013, a then-18-year-old Noak Jonsson was involved in a scuffle leaving a bar in Beijing’s university district. Words and blows were thrown; and before he knew it, despite claiming he hit no one, Jonsson was in a police car.
As relayed to the WSJ’s Expat Blog, Jonsson spent the next month in Beijing’s No. 1 Detention Center, on the eastern edge of the city. Released in December 2013, his freedom was still marred by the fact that Chinese authorities had confiscated his passport, disabling him from leaving the country for nearly a year while his case was examined and eventually dropped.
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