An attempt to hold a pro-democracy rally near Beijing’s main pedestrian shopping district was foiled after the government stationed hundreds of police officers, some in plain clothes, and more than 120 vehicles in the area. This is the second attempt to organize a “jasmine” rally in Wangfujing, with both calls made through anonymous messages, CNN says.

At the scheduled time of the protests, streetwashing trucks drove through the main street and plainclothes policemen observed while uniformed officers forced onlookers and journalists out of the area. There are reports that at least three foreign press photographers covering the scene were beaten and detained by police officers.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.