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'Swarm Police' Target Tian'anmen Pests

BEIJING is wiping out mosquitoes, flies, rats and cockroaches around Tian'anmen square to make sure participants in the 60th National Day celebrations enjoy a vermin-free experience.
The Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention carried out four extermination sweeps last month - and plans another one tomorrow and September 25 - around the iconic square and adjacent streets, including the Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao, said Zeng Xiaofan, a CDC doctor in charge of the campaign.
Rats could eat electrical cables and mosquitoes could annoy people meeting in the square to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of New China, Zeng said. A grand gathering will be held in the square on October 1, with a keynote speech from President Hu Jintao. A military parade and mass pageantry will follow.


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