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Prior to G-20, Falun Gong Practitioners Arrested in Peaceful Protest
Ahead of the G-20 summit, practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong gathered on Nov. 29 near the Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel, where Chinese leader Xi Jinping was staying. They peacefully appealed for the Chinese communist regime to end its 19-year suppression of their faith. Several police officers tried to confiscate their banners. One man from a pro-Chinese Communist Party group jabbed his flagpole into the tussle in an apparent attempt to get the demonstrator to release their banner. A male police officer used his baton to hit the hands of the demonstrators holding the banner. The same officer also used his baton to place a chokehold on a male demonstrator to try to get him to release the banner. The banner was eventually seized by police. Nine demonstrators were arrested and detained overnight at a local police station. The following day, they were released in the afternoon without charges. A demonstrator involved in the incident, Natividad Almaraz, 25, said a male police officer told her they were told the demonstrators were not allowed to be there because they were protesting the Chinese regime.