|May 17, 2007
A policeman was stabbed in Beijing's Tiananmen
Square at the weekend, one day after a vandal damaged the huge
Mao Zedong portrait facing the politically sensitive landmark,
authorities said Thursday.
The officer was stabbed on Sunday after
questioning a man who had been "lingering on the square and
acting suspiciously for several days," Xinhua news agency said,
quoting a statement from the Beijing Public Security Bureau.
The man became annoyed and lashed out, hitting
the unnamed officer in the face before stabbing him in the
stomach with a knife, the statement said.
Police detained the man, identified as Pan
Shucun, 41, from northern China's Inner
Mongolia region, at the scene following the attack, it
The officer is in a stable condition at a local
hospital, state-run Xinhua said. No other details were given.
The attack was the second rare incident in as
many days at the tightly controlled square, which was the scene
of weeks-long pro-democracy demonstrations in 1989 that were
On Saturday, police detained an unemployed man
after he tried to set fire to the portrait of Chinese
revolutionary leader Mao near the entrance to the Forbidden
Gu Haiou, 35, from the northwest Xinjiang
region, hurled a burning object which left a burn mark on the
lower left part of the iconic portrait, Xinhua reported earlier.