Frustrated protesters hospitalized after swallowing poison to make their pointBy Mason White 1:52 PM December 12, 2013
By: Eva Fett
A group of protesters put their life on the line to get the government’s attention.
In a desperate attempt to draw attention to the plight of the people in Wuhan, China, a group of 12 traveled to Beijing, to carry out a “collective suicide.”
The protesters were poisoned after drinking pesticide while they were gathered outside the Qianmen Watchtower in the heart of the Beijing.
Each of the protesters drank about 50 milliliters of pesticide and laid on the ground until police and emergency workers arrived.
The protest was held after houses in Wuhan, were demolished by the government, despite failing to reach an agreement on compensation.
These people have tried to reach out to government officials to discuss the issue without success before their homes were demolished.
The protesters survived and were rushed to the hospital where they are being treated for poisoning.
“We’ve been protesting and petitioning the government for a while, but we were either dragged back home, locked in up in prisons and beaten. No one has been willing to help us,” Wang Yuping, a resident of Wuhan, said. “We feel like there’s no hope,” he said