New barriers go up along Tiananmen Square as 25th anniversary of crackdown nears

By William Wan, May 9, 2014

BEIJING — In time for the 25th anniversary of China’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators at Tiananmen Square, the government has unveiled shiny, new golden railings along the square.

Authorities say the new yellow barriers were installed to enhance car safety as well as aesthetics, but many bloggers and critics think it is more likely a reaction to an apparent protest attack last year in which three people crashed a jeep into Tiananmen Square, killing themselves and two pedestrians and injuring at least 38.

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