China: Security tight at Tiananmen Square as if confronted with formidable enemy

Tiananmen Square Security 2013Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) says in one report, “On this the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen incident, a flag-hoisting ceremony was held at Tiananmen Square as usual.”

“Since yesterday evening, security has been upgraded at many scenic spots in Beijing. The air is heavy at Muxidi, where troops entered the city that year. It is heavily guarded. Lots of uniformed police and plainclothes officers are patrolling the streets. Fire extinguishers are placed by the side of roads, which are filled with police patrol cars and cars of the police task force. The cars occupied all the parking spaces.”

In its report on a Hong Kong reporter being detained, RTHK says, “People who enter Tiananmen Square have to pass security checks.”

“When a Hong Kong reporter stationed in Beijing got out of his car, immediately a large number of policemen rushed towards him to intercept him and check his papers. Meanwhile, they opened his car and took away his key. At the same time, policemen came to reinforce from every direction. Some of them yelled, “Catch the reporter.”

Note: It was only one reporter! Why all the panic?

“The policemen searched the equipment on the car and took the reporter’s home visit permit for verification. One policeman of Tiananmen Police Station said that it was merely a routine check not directed at any of the reporter’s activities.

“A staff member of the Exit and Entry Control Office came to check the reporter’s identity once more, saying that they administer reporters jointly with the China Journalists Association.

“The reporter was detained for investigation for one hour. When he left, the police told him that it had been made clear to everyone, and everyone must know what to do.”

Sources: RTHK “Security tight though national flag hoisted as usual” and “Hong Kong reporter detained and checked for one hour at Tiananmen” (excerpts translated by Chan Kai Yee)

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