China Makes Policing an Olympic Event

With the eyes of the world on Beijing, China imposes obsessive security measures around the games.

A policeman keeps an eye out as he directs the traffic of official convoys heading to the stadium for tonight's opening ceremonies of the Olympic games in Beijing. The quality of the air continues to be a major issue in the lead up to the games. Ten thousand athletes have gathered in China for the Olympic games along with hundreds of thousands of fans and 30,000 journalists. China says that there are 100,000 security forces in place to secure that the games are safe.

China says that there are 100,000 security forces in place to secure that the games are safe.

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The entire city was declared a no-fly zone for four hours during the opening ceremony on the evening of August 8, with no flights allowed to land or take off. Even model airplanes and kites were banned from taking to the skies.

The question being asked is what will happen after the Olympics. Many hope that things will return to normal.

Paul Mooney is a correspondent based in Beijing.