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China uses whistles, water, police on protests

 Visitors surf free internet service at a booth at the China International Auto Accessories Commercial Expo in Beijing Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. Social...
 Pedestrians cross a road in front of watchtower of Chien-Men in Beijing, China, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.   After only a handful of people responded t...

China Protest Calls

Visitors surf free internet service at a booth at the China International Auto Accessories Commercial Expo in Beijing Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. Social...

China Protest Call

Pedestrians cross a road in front of watchtower of Chien-Men in Beijing, China, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. After only a handful of people responded t...

Large numbers of police and the use of new tactics like shrill whistles and street cleaners are squelching any overt protests in China after calls for more peaceful gatherings modeled on recent democratic movements in the Middle East.
At one end of Shanghai's People's Square, uniformed police blew whistles and shouted at people to keep moving, though a constant flow of about 200 people braved the noise. In Beijing, trucks normally used to clean the streets drove repeatedly up the busy commercial shopping district spraying water and keeping crowds pressed to the edges.
In both cities, police also intensified monitoring of foreign journalists, ordering reporters with cameras away from the protest sites.


Updated : 2021-10-17 18:14 GMT+08:00