Shock move as Beijing calls off St. Patrick’s Day parade

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The planned St. Patrick’s Day parade this Sunday in the Chinese capital, Beijing, has been canceled amid security concerns that Internet calls for protests similar to the “Jasmine revolutions” ripping through the Middle East could spread to China.

The parade was due to take place in Chaoyang Park, which is situated several kilometers from the downtown Wangfujing shopping street.

The decision to cancel the parade represents the latest disappointment for China’s Irish community after the Shanghai parade was cancelled last week.

No formal reasons for cancelling he parade have been given, but sources say that Chaoyang municipal authorities stepped into cancel the celebrations following a decision by the Public Security Bureau.

Several thousand people had been expected to attend the parade. There are around 350 Irish citizens living in Beijing.

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