Police Arrest Falun Gong Practitioners on Tiananmen Square for Displaying Banners; a Westerner Is Assaulted for Taking Photos
(Clearwisdom.net) According to a report by Sound of Hope Radio, at least three Falun Gong practitioners were arrested on Tiananmen Square between 9am and 10am on December 19, 2004.
The Falun Gong practitioners had sewn a strip of yellow cloth inside their coats. They opened their coats to show the yellow strip that said "Falun Dafa is Good." Policemen rushed over, grabbed the practitioners, and proceeded to beat and kick them. Their faces bled profusely. The police covered the practitioners' heads with their coats and dragged them to the police cars.
A witness said a westerner who was over 6 feet tall took pictures of police beating practitioners. An officer immediately struck him in the face. Blood flowed from his mouth and he dropped the camera. He did not argue, protest or seem surprised. He pulled out his cellular phone and made a call. A car from the U.S. embassy arrived to pick him up shortly after.
A woman who came from Jilin to appeal said, "In the past, nobody dared to mention Falun Gong but now everyone is talking about it. They say that Falun Gong is not like the government claims." She said she had witnessed police officers pulling practitioners' hair and beating them; however, the practitioners said nothing and showed what "Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance" was all about.
The report said many who witnessed the arrest of Falun Gong practitioners on Tiananmen Square on December 19 expressed resentment towards the authorities. They said all this police violence occurred after Jiang issued the order to "defame their (practitioners') reputations, bankrupt them financially and destroy them physically."