Beijing tightens security

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Beijing has already begun tightening security before major events take place on 1 October 2009 to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

New measures include the reactivation of a traffic security cordon used as an anti–terrorism measure during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Police checkpoints have begun operating on all major roads into Beijing and thousands of paramilitary officers are guarding bridges, railways, road tunnels and other important infrastructure sites in Beijing, according to local news agencies. Security is also tighter on Beijing's subway system and near the city's Tiananmen Square, which will host the main celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Tiananmen Square was also the focus of student–led protests which the ruling Communist Party ended with a bloody military crackdown in June 1989. The government increased surveillance of dissidents before the 20th anniversary of the crackdown and is expected to continue to keep many activists under house arrest or close monitoring until after the 1 October celebrations. At least 7, 000 police officers are patrolling the city's streets each day, while public security officials are trying to recurit some 800, 000 volunteers to " watch for suspicious strangers around their communities" . Unlike the 2008 Olympics, potential terrorist threats to the National Day celebrations are " more likely to come from inside the country than from abroad, " Beijing police official Wang Jun told local reporters.

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