China’s capital is tightening security around the highly symbolic Tiananmen Square ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games.
New rules issued by the city government ban dangerous articles, including guns, explosives, knives and “other items that affect social order and public safety.”
The rules, enacted last month but announced only Monday, also allow random searches of people and vehicles in the area around the vast plaza in the heart of Beijing. They also permit authorities to take unspecified emergency measures to disperse crowds.
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