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Photo by: Andy Wong

A policeman checks the identities of women who are visiting Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, as the all-important 18th Party Congress approaches. Beijing usually tightens security for high-profile political events, and this one is the most pivotal for the Communist Party in 10 years — but sometimes the measures can pass into the downright bizarre. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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