More than 1.4 million people have volunteered to help police “maintain stability” in Beijing in the run up to the landmark meeting, Xinhua reported.
“Since early October, Chinese authorities have engaged in a campaign of intimidation and incarceration to preempt any potential expressions of dissent or protest,” Renee Xia (夏雷妮), director of the Chinese Human Rights Defenders, said in a statement.
“China’s top political leaders are very nervous, as they have since early this year been consumed by one of the most destabilizing and disharmonious power struggles in decades,” she said.
Meanwhile, some of the security measures in Beijing ahead of the congress seem bizarre: Don’t roll down the taxi windows. Don’t buy a remote-controlled plane without a police chief’s permission. And don’t release your pigeons.
Not only have taxi drivers removed the window handles from their doors, but their passengers must sign agreements promising to keep their windows and doors locked.
People should get the say-so of a police chief to buy a remote-controlled airplane.
And the state-run Global Times newspaper cited an officer from Beijing’s Chaoyang District as saying pigeon owners must keep their birds in their coops.
Additional reporting by AP