One of the detainees is the bar’s DJ Steven Bao who complained via tweets that they were “locked up like dogs” in the cold, without their clothes, and without water. Bao also appears to have been roughed up after asking for his clothes before his mobile phone ran out of power.
Tweets from Steven Bao and other friends of the detainees have spread like wildfire on Sina Weibo, eliciting angry responses from members of the LGBT community across China.
A raid of this size on a gay bar has not been seen in Shanghai since 2007, when the former Club Deep, located in Jingan Park, had its Halloween party raided, shut down, and several customers detained for alleged drug abuse.
Chinese police can detain people for a maximum of 24 hours, but so far no charges have been reported.