Beijingers mobilised to boost security

BEIJING • Beijing has mobilised 850,000 residents to patrol the city to ensure security ahead of a huge military parade commemorating victory over Japan in World War II, state media reported.

The "volunteers" from "all walks of life" have been trained and will be sent to "every street, every alley", as well as stores and markets, the official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday, citing a Beijing police spokesman.

They will look for signs of "security hazards" and report them to police, it added.

A series of other measures has also been taken for the parade on Sept 3. The centrepiece of the parade route is Tiananmen Square, the symbolic heart of the Chinese state, and the Forbidden City on the north side of the plaza will be closed for two weeks from tomorrow.

Curfews will be imposed in Tiananmen Square and the nearby Wangfujing shopping centre during rehearsals this weekend and for the actual parade, state media said. Beijing Capital International Airport and the smaller Nanyuan airport will also be closed for three hours on the morning of the parade.

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