Chinese smell 'racism'; United stock hammered

A man believed to be Dr David Dao of Kentucky was attacked, knocked down, given a bleeding lip and dragged by a Chicago policeman - who has been placed on administrative leave. (Photos via Twitter videos)

LOS ANGELES - Chinese internet users are calling for a boycott of United Airlines after videos showing an elderly Vietnamese-American passenger being brutally removed from its plane went viral on social media platforms across China.

Posts from official media accounts and from private citizens were quickly seen trending on platforms including Sina Weibo (akin to a Chinese version of Twitter) and on messaging platform WeChat, which has over 800 million users worldwide.

An April 9 flight from Chicago O'Hare to Louisville was overbooked and after a call for volunteers to leave the plane, the airline and local police forcibly removed a 69-year-old Vietnamese-American doctor. Videos show the man removed from his seat and dragged, bloodied along the aisle.

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