Ten Chinese embassy officials formerly based in New Delhi made a noisy exit from India yesterday (Saturday) when they boarded an aircraft to take them home.
Ten Chinese embassy officials formerly based in New Delhi made a noisy exit from India yesterday (Saturday) when they boarded an aircraft to take them home. First Secretary Chen Lu Chih, stripped of his diplomatic status by the Indian Government, shouted at photographers and refused to co-operate with Indian immigration officials.
Police battled with the Indian photographers as they engaged in an angry slogan-swapping contest with Chen Lu Chih. On his way through Customs Chen also refused to sign a foreigner's registration form required by the Indian Government. Eventually immigration officials filled in the form, handed it to him and said they considered him registered.
Seven of the officials who left with Chen on their way back to Peking had their heads bandaged -- evidence of injuries received in clashes at their embassy with Indian demonstrators a week ago.
(The Chinese embassy in New Delhi and the Indian Embassy in Peking were both the centres of furious demonstrations and counter demonstrations last week).
The nine Chinese accompanying Chen left quietly, most of them clutching red books of Mao's quotations.
When Chen shouted "long live Chairman Mao" the Indian photographers milling about him told him to "shut up". Chen continued to shout slogans and protests at his treatment as he was led across the tarmac under police guard to his aircraft.
Several hundred police were stationed at the airport for the departure.