On November 1, 2012, Oriental Daily published an article titled, “(Beijing) Mobilizes 1.4 Million Volunteers to Maintain Stability for the 18th Party Congress.” According to the article, 1.4 million volunteers have been placed in charge of checking IDs, Internet control, and other stability maintenance work. Police officers patrol Tiananmen Square and thoroughly examining people’s ID cards. Last Monday, the Beijing Armed Police Corps that is responsible for the 18th Party Congress had a swearing-in ceremony. It had armored vehicles and other heavy equipment on display.
Kitchen knives are being sold only to those who are willing to register with their real names. Some supermarkets even refuse to sell kitchen knives. The window handles of Beijing taxi vehicles have been removed to prevent passengers from opening the windows to distribute protest flyers. All travelers who take high-speed rail trains, regular trains, or long-distance buses must open their luggage for examination. The name on the ticket must be same as the name on the ticket holders’ ID.
Source: Oriental Daily, November 1, 2012