Suspects causing disturbance at Tian'anmen Square arrested
( 2003-10-19 09:13) (Xinhua)
Two people were arrested
Friday for recently disturbing social order at Tian'anmen Square in the Chinese
capital, officials of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Public Security said at a
On Oct. 1, the National Day, Ye Guoqiang jumped into the Jinshui River, which
is on the northern fringes of the Tian'anmen Square and supplies water to the
Forbidden City, causing a serious disturbance.
Police also found the 43-year-old Beijinger has made many attempts to cause
trouble in the Tian'anmen Square area and areas near government departments and
foreign embassies since May 2003.
Also arrested was 49-year-old Zhang Liji, a native of Fuzhou City of east
China's Fujian Province. On Oct. 8, Zhang drove a car to a bridge on the Jinshui
River and threw leaflets out of the car.
Zhang then attempted to set himself and the car on fire by igniting the
gasoline and fireworks on board his automobile before being prevented by police.
Yu Hongyuan, vice director of the Beijing Municipal Burea of Public Security,
said on Friday that unjustly motivated people, who take extreme measures to
disturb social order, endanger public security and pressure the government, will
be severely punished according to law.
Another 16 people were also put under short-term police custody for their
lawbreaking behaviors at the Tian'anmen Square in the past two weeks.