U.S. diplomat gets shoved by police outside the courthouse where the trial of prominent Chinese rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang is being held. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). The U.S. embassy's Deputy Political Counsellor Dan Biers was among the diplomats and protesters who were shoved by police outside a Beijing courthouse on Monday as one of the country's most prominent rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, stood trial on Monday. Pu, who has spent nearly 19 months in detention, faces up to eight years in prison, if convicted, on charges of inciting ethnic hatred and "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", his lawyers said. As many as 11 diplomats from countries including the United States, Germany and France congregated near the courthouse seeking to observe the trial. They were refused admittance by the police. Dozens of police officers and plain clothes security surrounded the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court, where they blocked foreign journalists attempting to report on the trial. Biers was calling for Pu's release and criticising the "vague charges" that have been handed down against Pu when police pushed him and foreign reporters out of the way. Neither the court nor public security authorities could immediately be reached for comment. The Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.