On the morning of April 17, more than 200 appellants from various regions across China protested in Beijing, but were quickly arrested by police, according to a Beijing insider. The appellants gathered at Tiananmen Square to protest against corruption of the Chinese communist regime. Fifty eight appellants were later detained at Tiananmen police station.
It is reported that five to six hundred appellants planned to protest in Beijing, but many were intercepted en route. Appellants who made it to Tiananmen Square held banners that read, “Down with Corruption; Give Me Back Human Rights” and shouted, “Down with corruption!”
Large groups of non-local appellants have been entering Beijing recently, likely to be a few thousand arriving in the city daily, according to the Beijing insider. The courtyard of the Beijing Municipal Appeal Office is often crowded with appellants waiting inside and outside the entrance.
When appellants tearfully complain about their living difficulties to the officials, the officials even suggest for them to go sell their blood to get by. Those appellants no longer harbor false hopes about the communist regime.
According to appellants, there are protesters, in separate groups, who have been going to the residences of President Hu Jintao at Yuquanshan and primer Wen Jiabao at Dongjiao Min Xiang, as well as Zhongnanhai to hold peaceful sit-ins. After realizing that their years of appealing in the normal ways were useless, the appellants had no choice but to combat their environment in such a way.