Photo provided by Ren Lili (alias) to Beijing Times shows Xie Feng (alias), the man who was beaten at Vietnam border. [Photo: Beijing Times]
However, on their return trip, Xie had been told by a friend that he didn't need to hand over any money. Then he turned around and started to head out of the customs hall. Ren said he was about to make a phone call to his friend as he wanted to check if that was true.
"Then a woman who was asking for money started shouting something in Vietnamese, and seven or eight frontier officers rushed over to beat him," Ren said. Xie was handcuffed and brought back to the customs hall by force. The officers bound his feet and took him to an office on the second floor where they continued to beat him, Ren said. Their passports were also taken away, she said.