Beijing Locked Down For National Day Parade

September 30, 2009  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“The Chinese capital Beijing is under lockdown on the eve of a massive military parade to mark six decades of Communist Party rule, with gun-toting police manning street corners to ensure nothing spoils the event.
 
The show of force has grounded kites and pigeons, lined roads with volunteer grandmother security guards, prompted warnings to stock up on food and left harried citizens pondering who the festivities are really for.”
 
Reuters
 
When an American city has a parade the mayor does his best to entice the residents to leave their houses and watch the festivities.
 
But in Beijing the residents may not even be allowed to leave their houses, the communist bosses are afraid that the citizens may use the parade as an opportunity to protest against the repression of the dictatorship.
 
In America for a July 4th parade there are food vendors in street corners, but for Beijing’s massive military parade there will be gun-toting police manning street corners.
 
I’ll take hot dogs and cotton candy over cops and tanks!

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