2001 Photo Contest, Spot News, Honorable mention

Chien-Min Chung

The Associated Press

01 October, 2000

Chinese police break up a Falun Gong demonstration on Tiananmen Square on China's National Day. The Falun Gong movement first attracted international attention in April 1999, when 10,000 silent protestors surrounded the Chinese government compound in Beijing. The group says it is a peaceful spiritual sect with no political motives. But three months after the initial April protest, the government banned the practice of Falun Gong and launched a crackdown on the sect, maintaining it was trying to undermine the state.

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Chien-Min Chung

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