Onlookers gather on a pedestrian bridge to catch a glimpse of preparations for a military parade in Beijing on Saturday. Many of the streets in the central part of China's capital were shut down overnight on Saturday for a rehearsal for what is expected to be a large military parade on October 1 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Communist China. Photo: AP

Central Beijing locked down as Chinese military practices for huge October 1 parade

  • Security forces blocked access to residences with views of the Avenue of Eternal Peace, ordering several foreign media outlets in the area to leave their offices for the weekend
  • Other rehearsals are expected each weekend leading up to October 1, leaving residents facing the same restrictions
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Onlookers gather on a pedestrian bridge to catch a glimpse of preparations for a military parade in Beijing on Saturday. Many of the streets in the central part of China's capital were shut down overnight on Saturday for a rehearsal for what is expected to be a large military parade on October 1 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Communist China. Photo: AP
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