China cult pair executed for McDonald’s killing–Xinhua
BEIJING, China — A father and daughter who belonged to a fringe Chinese religious group were executed Monday for beating a woman to death at a McDonald’s restaurant, reportedly after she rebuffed their attempts to recruit her.
The pair were among a group of five members of the banned Quannengshen cult convicted of attacking the woman, surnamed Wu, after she refused to give them her phone number.
“Zhang Fan and Zhang Lidong were put to death,” the official news agency Xinhua said Monday.
Zhang Fan was previously said by state media to be Zhang Lidong’s daughter.
Quannengshen, whose name can be translated as Church of Almighty God, believe that Jesus has been reincarnated as a Chinese woman and refer to the Communist Party as the “great red dragon”.
It was outlawed by the government in the mid-1990s.
Shortly after the May incident, an online video emerged showing a man resembling Zhang Lidong striking out angrily with a pole, shouting “Damn you, devil! Go to hell!” as a woman yelled “Kill her! Beat her to death!”
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