Wherever Chinese President Xi Jinping goes, protesters are quick to follow.
Yesterday, Xi addressed the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, urging global leaders to embrace cooperation and openness — at least in terms of trade. A few days before 32 Tibetan and Swiss protesters were detained by police after protesting in Bern upon Xi’s arrival.
Police said that the activists were detained because they had exceeded their allotted two hours of protest time in the center of the city. Reuters reports that officers also prevented one man from setting himself on fire.
At the beginning, almost 800 people showed up to protest the Chinese president’s visit, waving banners reading “Free Tibet” and “Don’t Deal with Killers.” After their allotted time expired, most melted away, but some stayed to be taken away by police.
Still, this incident was nothing compared to former Chinese President Jiang Zemin’s visit to Switzerland in 1999 when demonstrators took to the rooftops overlooking the Swiss parliament building to wave Tibetan flags and throw eggs at the Chinese delegation.
Check out some footage from that memorable visit below:
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