Relatives of passengers missing in the sinking of a cruise ship on the Yangtze River have accused Chinese police of beating them when they sought more information on the disaster.
Uniformed police trailed dozens of relatives who took to Shanghai’s streets on Wednesday in the hope of petitioning the city government, later ushering them into a building where they were prevented from speaking to the media, the family members said.
Scuffles between police and relatives broke out, according to video footage circulated on the Internet which showed police hitting and wrestling family members.
“I saw all of this unfold before my own eyes,” Huang Jing, 43, who had family on the ship, told Reuters.
A woman who said her husband Qin Jianping, and father-in-law, Qin Zhengming, were on the ship said: “Why are they using taxpayers’ money to bully us? Why are all these police here?”
Police were not immediately available for comment.
(Sidebar: I’ll bet they weren’t.)