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Unprecedented queues as Beijing subway introduces airport-style security (PHOTOS)

Published time: May 27, 2014 23:08
Security check during morning rush hour at Tiantongyuan North Station in Beijing May 27, 2014 (Reuters / Jason Lee)

Security check during morning rush hour at Tiantongyuan North Station in Beijing May 27, 2014 (Reuters / Jason Lee)

Already one of the busiest in the world, Beijing's subway is seeing staggering queues as the city has introduced new anti-terror security checkpoints at major stations in the wake of recent bombings in China’s northwest.

China’s subway system consists of nearly 200 stations, with commuters in the capital taking around 10 million rides a day.

On top of the daily commuter traffic, residents of Beijing now face never-before-experienced lines due to tightly enforced security checkpoints at major subway stations.

A security officer stands guard as passengers line up and wait for a security check during morning rush hour at Tiantongyuan North Station in Beijing May 27, 2014 (Reuters / Jason Lee)

The new system forces commuters to go through an airport-style security check prior to entering the station. Passengers are now required to go through metal detectors and receive a pat-down by security personnel before they are allowed inside.

Before the new security measures were adopted, only personal belongings were checked when passengers entered a subway station.

The first six security checkpoints were set up at the beginning of the year and three others were opened on Saturday.

A man looks up as he lines up with other passengers and waits for a security check during morning rush hour at Tiantongyuan North Station in Beijing May 27, 2014 (Reuters / Jason Lee)

The new checkpoints were introduced to beef up security in the city after attacks rocked the capital of China's turbulent northwestern region of Xinjiang, killing at least 31 people and injuring more than 90 others.

The explosions occurred at around 8 a.m. on Thursday at an open market in Urumqi, the capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The high death toll makes the attack the bloodiest in a series of violent incidents blamed on radical separatist Uygur Muslims.

Last month, the restive Chinese region of Xinjiang was the scene of a railway station attack which killed three people and injured 79 others. That attack was blamed on radical religious extremists seeking to take control of the region.

ARCHIVE PHOTO: Passengers crowd into a station of the Subway Line Number 1 during rush hour in Beijing July 21,2008 (Reuters / Jason Lee)

Comments (11)

 

David 29.05.2014 08:08

B...but China is a global example of Utopian communist paradise. sniff sniff How could terrorism possibly exist in the perfect Marxist metropolis?.."r adical religious extremists seeking to take control of the region" it says. That translates to Islam. Not even Mao S'Dong is safe. The terrorist cult makes everything more expensive, less safe. Too bad RT doesn't have the balls to actually identify them -Islamic separatists from Xinjiang, as described by CNN. The plague of global cultist terror continues, until we do something about it. Let's see what Mao does.

 

Drake Chen 28.05.2014 17:02

China doesn't interfer in forgein issue cause it doesn't concern them , cause it doesn't concern them .
Doesn't mean when they are a threat they will take response lightly , they got 1,39 billion people to feed and rule , those are the registrated numbers those of lower and middle class , we are not even counting the pariahs.
(the beggars ,the unregistrated , those who don't want to live by society rule) .

 

brian 28.05.2014 16:51

China must start terrorising the terrorists. At the same time Qatar and Saudi Arabia must be targeted for supporting terrorism around the world.

Sear ch find than hang em high for all the world to see.

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