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Chinese authorities assault journalists: Japan news agency

Chinese authorities assaulted three journalists from a Japanese news agency in their Beijing hotel room, the agency said early on Saturday, kicking them and destroying two computers.

world Updated: Sep 19, 2009 15:11 IST

Chinese authorities assaulted three journalists from a Japanese news agency in their Beijing hotel room, the agency said early on Saturday, kicking them and destroying two computers.

The three journalists from Kyodo News were in the Chinese capital covering a National Day rehearsal when authorities
stormed into the room of their hotel last night, the news agency said.

Kyodo alleged a reporter and two cameramen were kicked "and hit their heads to make them kneel down...", without
specifying who the "authorities" were. It also did not disclose the nationality of the three journalists.

They threw the two computers out of the room and into the corridor of the hotel, which is near Tiananmen Square, the
venue of the National Day celebrations scheduled for October 1.

China's Foreign Ministry had ordered news organisations not to take photos when the country conducted a rehearsal on September 6, but the ministry has not issued such an order since then, according to Kyodo.

Security forces have swarmed over central Beijing in the lead-up to a parade that will mark 60 years since the founding of Communist China.

Businesses, schools, and traffic shut down as columns of tanks and assorted other military vehicles bearing missiles and an array of other hardware rumbled down the city's deserted main east-west thoroughfare, the Avenue of Heavenly Peace, and towards Tiananmen Square.