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Three “defence lines” for Games

— Photo: Xinhua

All geared up: Medical tents being set up as part of an anti-terrorist attack drill in Beijing on Wednesday.

BEIJING: Beijing’s authorities have launched three “defence lines” to strengthen safety for the Olympic Games.

The three lines surrounding Beijing comprise hundreds of checkposts, said a spokesman.

The first line includes checkposts on the expressways, national highways and town or village roads that link Beijing with other provinces or cities.

The patrol posts on the second line are stationed on the major suburban roads leading to the downtown area. The third line covers all major roads in the downtown districts.

To prevent traffic jams caused by the security checks, the police bureau asked the checkposts to appoint more personnel.

They must take suspicious people or vehicles off the road and hand them over to the local police stations as soon as possible.

The bureau said safety checks take time and pile up is sometimes inevitable. “We hope drivers and passengers could understand and support us in the coming two months.” — Xinhua

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