BEIJING, Aug. 24 -- Beijing has begun deploying
thousands of additional police officers and checking vehicles entering the city
to ensure a safe National Day celebration.
With little more than a month before the Oct. 1
festivities marking the nation's 60th birthday, the city on Saturday raised its
security level, putting at least 6,000 officers on its streets every day, Wang
Jun, a senior officer with the patrol and special police team was quoted by
local media as saying Sunday.
Over the weekend, police also activated hundreds of
checkpoints developed for last year's Olympic Games to beef up checks on people
and vehicles entering the city.
Xu Ke, a driver who constantly travels between Handan
in Hebei province and Beijing, said yesterday the toll station at the Beijing
end of the Hebei-Beijing expressway has been fitted with new security-scanning
Thousands of militia soldiers have also been deployed
to watch key infrastructure such as bridges, overpasses, railways and highway
tunnels, according to the police bureau.
Security measures have also been tightened in the
city's subway system and key areas such as Tian'anmen Square.
All bags carried by subway passengers are subject to
security checks, and armed police officers and plainclothes officers will patrol
more often in Tian'anmen Square.
Bags taken into the square are being checked, China
Daily noted over the weekend.
Taxi drivers have also been told to report any
suspicious customers to police, especially along Chang'an Avenue, a major
thoroughfare that runs along Tian'anmen Square, the latest issue of Southern
The report also said the Beijing Radio Administration
Bureau is screening radio devices in the city, especially near Tian'anmen
Square, Chang'an Avenue and three "parade villages" where civilians and troops
participating in the parade are exercising.
Meanwhile, gas stations have been asked to be wary of
customers buying gasoline with containers. Stations are required to question the
purpose of the purchase, and keep a copy of the buyer's ID card and contact
The administration also asks gas stations make
contingency plans in case of emergencies, including terrorist attacks,
administration director Zhang Jiaming was quoted by the local media as saying.
Local communities have also been mobilized as an
important supplement to police. The city's police bureau said ideally about
800,000 people would be involved, including college students, retired and
self-employed residents. They will wear red armbands and watch for suspicious
strangers around their communities.
Wang Taiyuan, a professor with the Chinese People's
Public Security University, said these measures are a comprehensive system to
improve security ahead of National Day.
He said unlike last year's Olympic Games, threats for
National Day are more likely to come from inside the country than from abroad.
(Source: China Daily)
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