Four elderly petitioners from Henan took it all off and protested in front of the US Embassy in Beijing over the rights of their activist sons and daughters.
The nude petitioners were seen in front of the embassy around 10:00 a.m. with phrases such as “Corrupt officials in Henan are livestocks!“ written on their bodies. The demonstrators included 65-year-old Xing Jiaying, 66-year-old He Zeying, 73-year-old Tian Guirong and 68-year-old Zhang Fengmei, who were also holding placards reading simply “yuan” (grievance).
According to the protestors, their sons and daughters were human rights activists suffering from torture and mistreatment while under illegal detention. Their children voiced grievances in the form of letters or calls to the government, resulting in 18 years of illicit detention, one of the parents said.
The four petitioners were finally whisked away by police officers who covered their bodies with a blue cloth.
This was not the first time they protested publicly sans garments.
The unclothed grandmothers also protested nude near Tiananmen Square on May 25, and were detained for “disturbing public order”.
They were also reported to have held a protest at the entrance of the Ministry of Justice in Beijing.
By Christy Mak