China Beijing Tiananmen Vehicle

October 28, 2013 by  

China Beijing Tiananmen Vehicle, Chinese state media say three people have died after a vehicle crashed in Tiananmen Square in the capital, Beijing.

Eleven other people, including tourists, were injured in the incident, Xinhua news agency said.

The square was evacuated after the vehicle “went into the crowd in front of the Tiananmen rostrum” at midday, the agency said.

Images posted online showed a vehicle in flames, amid barricades.

Other pictures on social media showed a column of smoke rising from the scene of the crash.

There has been no explanation so far about the cause of the crash.

Tiananmen Square was the scene of the 1989 pro-democracy protests which were ended by a military crackdown.

Smoke could be seen rising from the site of the crash
The site is generally kept under very tight security both because of its proximity to key political institutions and so that is does not serve as a hub for protesters and petitioners.

Incidents do occur, nonetheless. In 2011, a man set himself on fire at Tiananmen Square following what officials said was a legal dispute, close to the square’s portrait of Chairman Mao.

Two years before that, three people set themselves on fire in a car at a busy intersection near Tiananmen Square over what the authorities called personal grievances.

In 2000, several members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement were arrested for protesting at the square.

Fire extinguishers can be found at the site, and have been used when protestors set themselves on fire.

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