China’s Tiananmen secure on June 4 anniversary – Brian Rhoads

From Reuters via the Washington Post:

Chinese police joined throngs of tourists in a crowded Tiananmen Square on Sunday, poised to head off any incidents to mark the anniversary of the bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations 17 years ago.

With checkpoints at entrances to the square and sentries at subway stops, the security presence in and around China’s symbolic political heart appeared no more overt than usual.

But in line with the unspoken policy of “wai song, nei jin” — relaxed on the outside, vigilant internally — plainclothes policemen mingled with sightseers following their flag-waving guides, ready to pounce should one attempt to mark the day by unfurling a protest banner, kneeling to pray or laying wreaths.[Full Text]

Also see China Marks Tiananmen Square Anniversary from the Washington Post; “Church Official Calls for Review of Tiananmen Killings” by Keith Bradsher of the New York Times; AP’s “U.S. Urges China to Reassess Tiananmen” via the Washington Post

June 4, 2006 6:58 AM
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