Major security drills set for downtown Ho Chi Minh City

By Minh Nam, Thanh Nien News

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A fire drill in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Diep Duc Minh A fire drill in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Diep Duc Minh


The Ho Chi Minh City police department is coordinating with relevant forces to organize security drills in the city center between December 1-7.
“The drills will be held from 10 pm until early in the morning, the following day and involve a joint-force of police officers, military soldiers, firemen, medical workers and others,” the agency’s spokesman, Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Sy Quang, said at a press briefing on Monday.
The drills are designed to prepare security forces to address mass public gatherings and demonstrations that involve vehicles, he said, adding that the tactics will be employed to address street races and other public nuisance.
Illegal races are held frequently in major cities in motorbike-dominated Vietnam, which Transport Minister Dinh La Thang called a "national calamity".
According to Quang, the drills are held annually by the city authorities.
Under the instruction of the city leaders, relevant forces have been trained to limit their impact on business and tourism, he said.
“We hope people will support us, especially those who live in the city downtown where the drills are being held,” he said. 

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