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Spies, army and tighter police controls for the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China
ICC Note:

The 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China brings greater measures from the Chinese government to repress minorities and dissidents in China. Please continue to pray for the underground church in China.

8/21/09 China
(AsiaNews) Beijing police is mobilising 800,000 residents for a two-month crime-watch campaign in a bid to boost public security ahead of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic on 1 October 2009. Experts fear however it will be used to crack down on migrants and ethnic minorities like the Uyghurs. In fact, imposing tight controls on the city through the use of informants is designed to avoid possible protests during the grandiose celebrations that are being planned.

Defence Minister Liang Guanglie called on the army to clearly understand the tough challenges of the “three forces” that threaten China. He openly advocated a military regime for the region of Xinjiang as well as areas like Qinghai, Gansu and Shaanxi, which have large Tibetan populations and Ningxia with its Hui population.
In Beijing the campaign will focus on settlements of migrant workers and recently arrived members of ethnic minorities.
Residents in sensitive spots are being encouraged to keep an eye in areas where police presence is weakest like old residential areas, neighbourhoods with a lot of migrant workers, border areas between urban and rural areas, public service areas and places known to be centres of crime
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