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  • 28 May 2014, 12:07

Subway Security Causes Long Queues In Beijing

Increased security at many Beijing subway stations, introduced after a series of attacks, is adding up to an hour to journeys.

The new measures have caused long queues in the notoriously crowded city, with lines snaking for dozens of metres during rush hour.

The checks come ahead of one of the country's most politically sensitive anniversaries.

The Chinese capital already has hundreds of X-ray machines and security staff at stations to check belongings, measures brought in for the Olympics six years ago.

But now commuters have to undergo full-body security checks.

The state-run China Daily newspaper said armed police were also being posted throughout Beijing as part of "a three-tier patrol protocol that covers the skies, subways and streets".

June 4 is the 25th anniversary of the deadly crackdown on protests in Tiananmen Square.

Authorities routinely clamp down on public attempts to commemorate the pro-democracy demonstrations.

A number of violent attacks targeting civilians have also taken place in recent months.

Beijing has blamed these on separatists from the western region of Xinjiang.

Last week an explosion at a market in Xinjiang's regional capital Urumqi killed 39 people and injured more than 90.

In March, a group of attackers stabbed 33 people to death and wounded 143 at a railway station in Kunming in southwestern China, an incident described within China as the country's 9/11.

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