Americans Detained for Falun Gong Protest in China

November 21, 2001


On November 21, 2001, USA TODAY reported that several Americans and other Westerners were detained in China when they "chanted slogans and unfurled a banner... in Tiananmen Square to protest the government's crackdown on the Falun Gong spiritual movment... They sat, legs crossed, eyes closed and hands pressed as if in prayer... It was the first Falun Gong protest to involve Westerners exclusively."