China security forces vow to thwart Games threats

July 25, 2008, Friday/ 18:31:00/ REUTERS
Ranks of Chinese paramilitary police swore to prevent terrorist attacks or "political incidents" disrupting the Beijing Olympics in a show of force at the Games' main stadium, a state newspaper reported on Thursday.The People's Armed Police (PAP) is a key force China has deployed to maintain control during the next month's Games, and at a rally on Wednesday its troops were reminded that the country's Communist Party leaders regard security threats as a paramount concern. PAP commander Yu Linxiang told the troops to "fight well in the offensive battle for Olympic security", the People's Armed Police News reported. With China's efforts to show itself as a friendly, stable power under an intense international gaze during the Games, Meng Jianzhu, the Minister of Public Security and also a senior PAP officer, said the troops should be prepared to respond to "complex situations" in a "transparent environment". He told the troops they must "resolutely prevent major incidents of violence and terrorism, resolutely prevent major political incidents affecting state security and social stability, and resolutely prevent large-scale mass incidents." "Mass incidents" is an official Chinese euphemism for riots, demonstrations and protests.

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