China is stepping up counter-terrorism efforts in Beijing, instituting armed patrols and requiring those who buy gasoline to explain their intentions and register with police.
The registration of gasoline purchasers is intended to dissuade those purchasers from using gasoline as a weapon “to create disturbances,” according to the Chinese People’s Daily.
According to BBC News, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua described this as part of a larger effort to “[counter] street terrorism and… severe violence.”
“Armed police patrols” and 150 armed vehicles are also included in the counter-terrorism efforts. Major intersections and junctures will be “manned by at least nine police officers and other assistants.”
This comes after terrorist attacks in Kunming, Urumqi, and Guangzhou, and shortly before the Tiananmen Square anniversary.
TIME reports how, on June 5, 1989, “a lone demonstrator stood down a column of [Chinese] tanks… at the entrance to Tiananmen Square in Beijing.” This happened “the morning after Chinese troops fired upon pro-democracy students” who had been demonstrating for almost two months.
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