Sentences seen as a reminder square is not for public protests A Beijing court has jailed two people for causing disturbances in Tiananmen Square last month, state media reported yesterday. A protester who tried to set himself ablaze in the square was imprisoned for six years, and another who threw himself over a bridge into a moat received a two-year term. The relatively heavy punishments send a clear message that the authorities will not tolerate such public displays of discontent at the heart of the country's political centre. Zhang Liji, 49, a native of Fujian province, received a six-year prison sentence from the Beijing Second Intermediate People's Court for 'endangering public security' by trying to set himself on fire near the square, according to Xinhua. He drove to the capital early last month carrying more than 3,000 firecrackers, 40 litres of petrol and a large amount of leaflets, the news agency quoted the Beijing court as saying. On October 8 he drove his car to Jinshui bridge - the moat that connects the north of Tiananmen Square with the Forbidden City - and threw leaflets out of the vehicle. He then attempted to set himself and the car ablaze but was stopped by police. Ye Guoqiang, 43, was sentenced to two years by the same court for leaping into the moat, Xinhua reported. The court said his action on October 1, National Day, drew large crowds and caused 'serious disturbance'. Earlier reports said that Ye was trying to protest against the demolition of his flat. Tiananmen Square - the site of the bloody crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in 1989 - is the capital's most sensitive public space. It is where many aggrieved, including the banned spiritual group Falun Gong, have protested and is often heavily policed.