Beijing is beefing up its security with heavily armed police and helicopters patrolling the city, and unfortunately making Beijing even more clogged than it already is. This anti-terrorist operation is a response to last week’s market attack in Urumqi, which turned the city into a war zone.
Rules of engagement for SWAT teams in the capital have been relaxed. The latest instructions from the Ministry of Public Security allows armed police officers from SWAT units in the capital to shoot without identification or warning as long as they are fighting against terrorists, the Beijing evening news reported yesterday. In that case, we sincerely hope the term ‘terrorist’ doesn’t get applied to anyone causing a disturbance.
This security injection comes after regular police officers appeared in Beijing subway stations carrying guns.
A jammed metro queue caused by tightened security