Petitioners Drop Ten Thousand Leaflets from Building in Downtown Beijing
On March 11 nearly twenty petitioners dropped ten thousand leaflets from a ten-story building into a crowded downtown area in Beijing. Before policemen rushed to the scene, they fled to safe places with the help of construction workers.
Although the authorities dispatched a large number of police to the area during the Two Sessions (Chinese Communist Party’s National People’s Congress and Political Consultation), protests occurred frequently and unexpectedly as petitioners played guerrilla tactics. This year petitioners chosen to express their appeals through scattering leaflets, applying for demonstrations, burning themselves or smashing police vehicles.
Beijing human rights activist Mr. Tang said, “Today eighteen people dropped leaflets from the top of the building. Shortly after about one hundred policemen rushed to the scene and raided the building. But these petitioners were safely disguised in construction workers’ uniforms.”
Petitioner Wang Yongcheng witnesses the whole process. He said, “I saw the white flyers scattered from the top of a tall building. Because six people were guarding me, I couldn’t leave. but a lot of people witnessed the incident also.”
According to petitioners, many of them still appealed in front of the offices of the State Bureau of Letters and Calls every day during the Two Sessions. Thousands of petitioners were detained in Majialou and Jiujingzhuang relief centers in Beijing everyday too.
Mr. Wang added, “This afternoon I got my registration number—my number is 910—from State Bureau for Letters and Calls. I noticed that about 1,000 petitioners were outside waiting in line.”
Beijing resident Mrs. Zhou said that each public bus was manned by two policemen and two so-called inspectors with a red band around their sleeves. The windows of the buses were ordered to be sealed.
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