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Reports: 10,000 doves searched by police in China

Chinese police search birds being used in ceremony

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(SXC)

The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony for China's National Day underwent full body cavity searches in an effort to prevent any kind of attacks. The Associated Press reports that each bird had its feathers, legs and anus checked for dangerous materials. State-run media reports said the inspections were necessary for public safety. The symbols of peace were released at sunrise in Beijing's symbolic heart of Tiananmen Square in a ceremony for the Oct. 1 holiday to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Beijing domestic security police officer Guo Chunwei told the Jinghua Times that the measure was taken to ensure they were "not carrying suspicious material."