Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong have sealed off a city after thousands of People's Liberation Army (PLA) veterans converged there over a weekend of protests and clashes over police beatings of their former comrades-in-arms, local activists and residents told RFA on Monday.
Video footage of the protests showed police in full riot gear backing off in the face of elderly men in camouflage gear wielding wooden sticks during the protests in Shandong's Pingdu city on Sunday.
Police were also seen walking alongside a long line of marchers carrying banners from different parts of China and the hammer and sickle of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
Police beat up a number of protesters, sources told RFA, providing footage of several elderly veterans lying on gurneys at a hospital in Pingdu, one with a broken arm, according to the veteran who filmed it.
In the video, a man is heard telling healthcare staff that he has no money to pay for treatment, and that the government should pay, because they were beaten by police.