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Security clampdown on Tiananmen Square anniversary

Beijing is under a security lockdown as authorities hope to preempt any pro-democracy demonstrators planning to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the bloody protests that were smashed by the Chinese military.

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Security clampdown on Tiananmen Square anniversary

A policeman stands guard with a shotgun in front of Tiananmen Square in Beijing June 4, 2014. Credit: Reuters\Kim Kyung-Hoon

Beijing is shrouded in a blanket of heavy security today on the 25th anniversary of the bloody military clampdown on pro-democracy protests, in a preemptive operation designed to prevent any attempts to commemorate the event on Tiananmen Square.

Scores of police and paramilitary troops patrolled the vast plaza in the city's heart and surrounding streets, stopping vehicles and demanding identification from passers-by.

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard near Tiananmen Square in Beijing June 4, 2014. Credit: Reuters\Kim Kyung-Hoon

Dozens of activists, dissidents and other critics have already been detained by police, held under house arrest or sent out of the city.

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