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China Has Become A "Prison": Beijing Beefs Up Security Ahead Of Centennial Celebration

• by Winnie Han and Jennifer Zeng

One Chinese citizen said China has been turned into a "prison."

The 100th anniversary of the founding of the CCP will be a grand occasion and Chinese leader Xi Jinping will deliver a speech, authorities announced on March 23.

Prior to the announcement, the CCP has implemented a series of strict controls in order to "maintain social stability," which is the term used by the regime to justify its totalitarian rule in China.

On March 20, 18 departments, including the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Central Propaganda Department, and the Central Committee of Political and Legal Affairs, jointly launched a three-and-a-half-month special campaign to suppress "illegal social organizations." State-run media Xinhua reported that over 500 "illegal social organizations" were identified and placed under investigation.

On May 24, the Tiananmen District Management Committee announced that from May 25 to July 1, Tiananmen Square and the surrounding areas would be closed for "construction" for the grand celebration; from June 23 to July 1, Tiananmen Square would be closed.

On May 31, the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau announced that the automatic renewal extension of the Beijing Residence Permit and the Beijing Residence Registration Card would be discontinued from June 1.