- A man who gave his name as Chen said he was snatched indiscriminately by crowds of protesters.
- He said Shanghai police officers grabbed him and hung him upside down.
- “I thought, ‘That’s it, I’m not going to get out of this,'” Chen told Radio Free Asia.
A protester in China says he was hung upside down by Chinese police officers when a peaceful gathering in Shanghai turned violent on Sunday.
The man only gave his last name, Chen, to Radio Free Asia, and described what he saw during the protest on Urumqi Road in Shanghai. Insiders were unable to independently verify Chen’s account.
Chen said the policemen “suddenly rush forward” and “drag some people indiscriminately” from the crowd. She told the media that most of the detainees were women and those arrested were loaded onto a bus.
“They grabbed me and hung me upside down by my feet,” Chen said.
“I put my hands on the ground and there was blood on my hands and blood on my face,” Chen added. “I thought, ‘Here, I’m not going to get out of this,’ and then they put me on the bus.”
Over the weekend, protests against China’s stringent anti-COVID policies erupted in major cities across China, including the country’s capital Beijing.
During the protests, people held up white blank sheets of paper, a symbol of defiance against the Communist Party. These protests against the Chinese government mark the country’s largest protest since the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989, when Chinese troops killed hundreds of unarmed civilians gathering in central Beijing.
The anti-government protests this weekend were largely peaceful. Some protesters were met with violence by the police. A protester in Shanghai was seen being arrested after holding up a flower while urging the Chinese people to be brave.
Chen also said he saw “a dozen police officers” beat a woman before hanging her upside down, according to RFA.
Chen said he managed to escape by jumping off the bus while the police were distracted.
He added that he is still terrified the police will find him: “I told a friend I would check in with her every day so she knows I’m fine and that she has to tweet my personal details if she doesn’t hear from me one day. “
Representatives of China’s international press center and representatives of the Shanghai police did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
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