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Outcry over order to remove security bars

AN order telling residents to remove the security bars from their balcony windows has sparked a public outcry in southern China.

Kunming city government said the grilles looked like jail bars and were an eyesore, today's Legal Daily reported.

They have become a security hazard because rotting bars could fall and hit passers-by, said Chen Yong, vice mayor of Kunming, capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on November 13 to promote the removal campaign.

The decree, issued in mid December, orders all security bars to be removed by December 20, or punishment will be extended, particularly to workers in government, hospitals and schools. The offenders could be fired if inspectors found they fail to remove the grilles.

But residents say the order is intrusive as the bars and their apartments are private property.

"I spent 3,000 yuan (US$439) to install the bars on my balcony to ensure security," a local doctor surnamed Zhang told Legal Daily.

Burglars are often reported in his residential quarters as thefts often climb into the apartments from the balconies, he said.


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