China raises its national flag over Tiananmen Square on the opening of the National People's Congress parliament session.
Security is tight here after a mass knife attack at a railway station south west of the country.
Officials blame separatists from Xinjiang - which is home to the Muslim Uighur minority.
One woman threw dozens of leaflets into the air. She was dragged away screaming. It is not known what she was protesting about.
Police also stopped television media from filming.
The crowds, who gathered to watch, were ushered away, as 3000 hand-picked delegates started to arrive in the Beijing capital.
The cars of political leaders, generals and even monks were searched by police with dogs before they entered the building.
And as parliament opened, delegates held a moment of silence for the victims of the stabbing attack.
But it was soon straight down to business, when Premier Li Keqiang highlighted China's economic targets for this