Security detail protecting important political figures during a rehearsal to test preparedness in Hà Nội on Sunday. — VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn
HÀ NỘI — As many as 6,000 officers under the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Public Security on Sunday took part in a rehearsal held at Hà Nội's Mỹ Đình National Stadium Square to test preparedness in dealing with different security incident scenarios ahead of the 13th National Party Congress (January 25-February 2).
In his remarks, Trần Quốc Vượng, Politburo member, stressed the importance of the congress and praised the achievements, proactiveness and efforts by the armed forces in upholding security for the congress, asking them to absolutely not let their guard down.
The Standing member of the Party Secretariat requires that in all circumstances, the armed forces must uphold the sense of responsibility, overcome all difficulties and bring their enthusiasm, strength and intelligence to maintain the security and safety of the Congress, as well as protect the Party.
A mobile police squad. — VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn
General Tô Lâm, Minister of Public Security, at the rehearsal said the police force will closely coordinate with the army and related units to effectively implement plans, keep a close watch on the situation and proactively foil schemes and activities of hostile and reactionary forces, and swear not to be passive or taken by surprise.
"All levels of the police, from the ministry to the local units, from this moment on have started to be on the highest degree of alert, commit themselves wholeheartedly and willing to sacrifice, to 'live and die with the Party, we exist as long as the Party exists, to absolutely uphold the security and safety and the successful organisation of the National Party Congress'," Minister Tô Lâm said.
The event saw a parade of essential units charged with protecting the Party Congress, and a rehearsal was conducted to review the team, vehicles, technical equipment, military performances, martial arts, qigong, as well as the forces' readiness to handle any gatherings of disrupters, riots, security incidents, terrorism scenarios, and rescuing hostages on high-rise buildings and protecting important figures.
Other than the armed forces, Hà Nội health workers also took part in the rehearsal to test preparedness for medical incidents. — VNS
A qigong performance by the army soldiers. — VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn
Mounted police force under the mobile police unit. — VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn
The gun-mounted armored car squad of the mobile police. The RAM MK3 vehicles, made by Israel, are used in anti-terrorist scenarios. — VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn
Chu Ngọc Anh, Chairman of Hà Nội People's Committee (first from left, front row), and Trần Quốc Vượng (fourth from left), Politburo member, reviewing the parade. VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn