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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Friday, March 05, 2004

Extra police patrol Beijing before parliament meets


Muzi.com | News : Extra police patrol Beijing before parliament meets


Hundreds of Chinese police fanned out across Beijing on Thursday, trailed dissidents and swept out-of-town petitioners away from government offices to boost security a day before the annual session of parliament.
Civilians wearing red armbands helped to keep order near the Great Hall of the People, venue of the March 5-14 session of the National People's Congress, and extra police were deployed at almost every nearby bus stop.

Officers and bomb-sniffing dogs patrolled opposite the Great Hall in Tiananmen Square, the focus of the student-led protests that ended in bloodshed in 1989, and extra precautions were taken at the dozens of hotels where the 3,000 deputies are staying.

Officials in the capital boosted a crackdown on petitioners and on the Falun Gong sect to ensure the safety of leaders and delegates and to prevent bombings, shootings or other terror attacks, Hong Kong's Beijing-backed Wen Wei Po newspaper said.

"Destabilising factors that affect the capital's stability still exist," the Beijing Daily quoted the city's Communist Party chief, Liu Qi, as saying recently.