Date
16 December 2017
People wearing strange outfits on trains could attract crowds, which could lead to stampedes, according to police. Photo: Beijing Cream
People wearing strange outfits on trains could attract crowds, which could lead to stampedes, according to police. Photo: Beijing Cream

Odd outfits on Beijing trains could cause stampedes, police warn

Beijing police are patrolling the city’s subways and trains to stop people wearing face masks and strange costumes or forming flash mobs.

They warn commuters such actions could trigger stampedes and jeopardize public safety.

Since May 1, law enforcement teams have encountered at least 83 cases of “improper behavior”, including hawking, begging and distribution of advertising flyers, Reuters said, citing a report from the official Xinhua news agency.

Costumes and masks are likely to attract the attention of other passengers, said Liang Jianwei, vice head of the Beijing municipal traffic administration corps.

“When a lot of people stop to watch, the risk of stampedes increases,” Liang was quoted as saying.

Although wearing strange outfits or forming flash mobs is not illegal, commuters should realize that such actions could lead to unfortunate incidents, he said.

Police will warn against “problematic behavior” when they come across it, he added.

Last October, Beijing police said people face arrest for wearing Halloween fancy dress on the subway as it may cause crowds to gather and create “trouble”.

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