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Chinese authorities ban residents from opening windows during Victory Day parade

An apartment property manager told residents that the authorities had told the building the bans are for the sake of “your safety, and the safety of your families.”

By Elizabeth Shim
Chinese soldiers participate in a massive military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, in Beijing October 1, 2009. The Victory Day parade on Sept. 3 is to feature a procession of China’s military including tanks and aerial displays over Chang’an Avenue, and residents have been banned from having guests and from opening their windows during the event. UPI/Stephen Shaver
Chinese soldiers participate in a massive military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, in Beijing October 1, 2009. The Victory Day parade on Sept. 3 is to feature a procession of China’s military including tanks and aerial displays over Chang’an Avenue, and residents have been banned from having guests and from opening their windows during the event. UPI/Stephen Shaver | License Photo

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities have banned Beijing residents from opening veranda doors and windows during the upcoming Victory Day parade on Sept. 3, and have prohibited them from allowing guests into their buildings, according to reports.

The ordinance was sent to various apartment buildings, and property managers in each location distributed notices to residents that forbid them from inviting guests on the afternoon of Sept. 2, and again on Sept. 3 until noon, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

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The residents all live in buildings facing Beijing's Chang'an Avenue, a major thoroughfare in the capital city. Chang'an also is the road that leads to Tiananmen Square where the 70th anniversary of China's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression is to be commemorated.

South Korean television network KBS reported a similar ban was placed on residents during China's National Day parade on Oct. 1, 2009.

An apartment property manager told residents that the authorities had told the building the bans are for the sake of "your safety, and the safety of your families."

Beijing residents are not unfamiliar with the restrictions that follow the official announcement of a major event in the city.

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Authorities are known to have canceled flights, closed schools and previously have ordered cars off roads, creating major inconveniences for the public, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The parade is to feature a procession of China's military including tanks and aerial displays over Chang'an Avenue -- and in addition to the apartment regulations Beijing has ordered the closure of two airports for three hours, and a ban on all "aerial activity."

Authorities also are to enact temporary pollution control measures that include the shutdown of factories and construction sites.

The same measures were implemented during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in 2014 -- which prompted Chinese Internet users to coin the term "APEC blue" after the summit.

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