One-Thousand University Students Protest City Officers’ Violence

May 22, 2009 Updated: May 22, 2009
The protest scene. (The Epoch Times)
The protest scene. (The Epoch Times)

Not long after they drew criticism for their secret training manual of how to beat people without leaving bodily evidence, city administration officers in China triggered another mass incident.

Over 1,000 people protested city administration officers’ violent behavior in southeast China’s Nanjing city the afternoon of May 18. Local traffic was blocked, and the incident ended after anti-riot police dispersed the crowd.

Female Students Beaten by City Administration Officer

The conflict was triggered when several officers ransacked and beat female university students who setup a vendor’s stall at the night market outside Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Thereafter, more and more students gathered, they surrounded the officers and their vehicle, and requested an apology. However, the incident escalated very fast, both sides engaged in a physical conflict causing several injuries before the anti-riot police arrived on the scene.

A female student holding a sign at the protest scene. (The Epoch Times)
A female student holding a sign at the protest scene. (The Epoch Times)
A female student who spoke anonymously told the Epoch Times, “Those city administration officers are really low quality; at first, one of them beat a female student, he was stopped by three male students nearby, so the officer called for backup who came and beat the three male students until they fainted.”
The student also complained that when the traffic police came, they just drove onto the scene without watching, breaking one student’s leg.

Students and Local Residents Confront City Administration Officers

According to another witness, about 1,000 students and nearby residents gathered and blocked the local traffic, the incident was escalating because city administration officers refused to apologize, then arrested a few students and attempted to leave the scene in their vehicles.

The students blocked several nearby roads and besieged the police vehicles, until the anti-riot police came at around 11:00 p.m. During the protest, some students also held posters with the slogan “nonviolent, noncooperation.”

According to Mr. Peng, who has a store front shop close to the scene, the night market often has student vendors, they are just doing business according to regulations.

During the incident, the university and the local police sealed off the campus gate to quickly block more students from joining the protest.

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