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Hà Nội to block streets for National Independence Day parade

Update: August, 27/2015 - 17:05
A traffic policeman working on Hàng Bài street. The Hà Nội Police Department has announced a ban on vehicles of all kinds on 40 streets in preparation for the upcoming parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Việt Nam's Independence Day (September 2). — Photo vietnamplus.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The Hà Nội Police Department has announced a ban on plying all kinds of vehicles along 40 streets in preparation for the upcoming parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Việt Nam's Independence Day (September 2).

All vehicles, except those sporting special parade badges, will remain prohibited from 4pm to 12pm on August 29 (for parade's rehearsal) and from 9pm of August 1 to 12am of September 2.

The streets covered under this temporary ban include Hùng Vương, Lê Hồng Phong, Thanh Niên, a section of Thụy Khuê street running from Quán Thánh street to Văn Cao street, Phan Đinh Phùng, Điện Biên Phủ, Chu Văn An, Hong Diệu, Nguyễn Thái Học, Tràng Thi, Hàng Khay, Tràng Tiền, streets around the August Revolution Square and Bách Thảo park, among others.

Trucks and coaches with more than 24 seats, but not buses, garbage trucks and vehicles with badges, will be forbidden on streets such as Ton Đức Thắng, Hàng Gai, Hàng Bong, Lý Nam Đế, Hai Bà Trưng, Lạc Long Quân, Phan Chu Trinh, Lý Thường Kiệt, Trần Hưng Đạo and Lê Thánh Tong.

Drivers must avoid the banned streets and can chose to take any alternative routes.

Those travelling from National Highway 5 to Highway 1B running through northern Hà Nam province are advised to take the routes along Thanh Tri and Vĩnh Tuy bridges.

All police forces will be mobilised on these days to control and patrol the streets where the parade is scheduled to take place, to guard against traffic congestion and ensure traffic safety, said the municipal Traffic Police Department.

Some 35,000 people will participate in the rehearsal on August 29 and the official parade at Ba Đinh Square in Hà Nội from 7am on September 2.

In HCM City, a ceremony to mark 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19, 1945) and Independence Day of Việt Nam and incense offerings will take place next Monday.

A photo exhibition on the events, a traditional cycling race and art performances will be part of the city's activities to celebrate the events.

On the same day, fireworks displays will begin at 9pm at Hon Kiếm Lake, West Lake, Văn Quán Lake, Thống Nhất Park, Mỹ Đinh National Stadium in Hà Nội and at the Thủ Thiêm tunnel crossing Sài Gin river, Đầm Sen cultural park in HCM City. —VNS


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