Security tight for National Day
September 28, 2009 | Posted by Chris
National Day in Beijing this Thursday marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and authorities are meticulously preparing for what they hope will be a flawless celebration, the New York Times reports. Security in the city is tight, especially near Tian'anmen Square and along the route of Thursday's parade, with an estimated 10,000 security guards and 800,000 volunteers monitoring the streets for "evidence of potential party-spoilers." To this end not only is casually observing the preparations forbidden -- lest the surprises be ruined -- but even tens of thousands of pigeons have been placed in captivity to prevent them from getting in the way of rehearsals. It's reported that during the celebration 150 military jets will fly over Tian'anmen Square and about 200,000 participants will parade down Beijing's main boulevard, Chang'an Avenue. Not everyone is feeling the holiday cheer, however, since kite flying has also been restricted in the run-up to this week's festivities -- says one kite enthusiast, "People are feeling a little annoyed...most of the people who are interested in kites aren't really interested in much else."