Two US tourists and a Chinese tour guide have been attacked by a Chinese man, who killed one of the Americans, before killing himself by jumping to his death from the second storey of the Drum Tower (photo), which is a popular tourist spot.
No motive for the attack has been given by Xinhua, China’s official news agency.
In a statement, the US Olympic committee said that the American killed in the attack was a relative of the US men’s volleyball coach, and that the injured man was also a family member.
“While at the Drum Tower in central Beijing, the two family members were stabbed during an attack by what local law enforcement authorities have indicated was a lone assailant.
“One of the family members was killed and the other seriously injured”, said the statement.
Although small-scale have persisted, in the run-up to the Olympics Beijing has been quiet, with security tight across the capital and thousands of security officials patrolling the streets and the games venues.
‘China’s worsening abuses in Tibet’
According to a statement, issued by two overseas Tibet rights groups, five foreign pro-Tibet activists held a protest in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Saturday, some draping themselves in Tibetan flags.
“The Chinese government is seeking to cover up its ugly occupation of Tibet with the bright lights of the Olympics“, said Matt Whitticase, a spokesman for the group.
“Our action at Tiananmen Square today highlights the determination of Tibetans and people of conscience that no amount of repression from the Chinese government will extinguish the desire of Tibetans for freedom and to speak out against China’s worsening abuses in Tibet.”
A “mock die-in” has been staged on the north side of the square by protesters, from the US, Germany and Canada.
The group said that they were detained by the police about 10 minutes into the demonstration.