6,000 cops, soldiers parade in Hanoi ahead of National Party Congress

By Giang Huy, Ba Do   January 10, 2021 | 07:00 pm GMT+7
6,000 cops, soldiers parade in Hanoi ahead of National Party Congress
A group of special police parade in Hanoi on January 10, 2020 ahead of the 13th National Party Congress. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.
More than 6,000 police officers and soldiers participated in a Hanoi parade Sunday as security forces for the 13th National Party Congress, Vietnam's most important political event.

The parade was jointly organized by the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of National Defense at the My Dinh Stadium Square in Hanoi's Nam Tu Liem District.

The parade was part of preparations for the congress that will be held January 25 to February 2.

Male and female mobile forces participating in the parade will provide security during the congress.

For the first time, a team of 50 female traffic police officers will be in charge of leading VIP’s vehicles and maintaining traffic order.

Over 200 vehicles including four armored ones equipped to deal with anti-terror and hostage rescue operations will be deployed.

Another four eight-wheel armored carriers, BTR-60 PB, developed by the Soviet Union in the 1950s, will also stand ready. These vehicles, carrying about 14 soldiers each, can float on water.

Four BTR-60 PB armored carriers are seen at a parade in Hanoi on January 10, 2020 ahead of the 13th National Party Congress. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

Four BTR-60 PB armored carriers are seen at a parade in Hanoi on January 10, 2020 ahead of the 13th National Party Congress. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

Four flight armored vehicles produced by Israel that can run 100 kilometers per hour will be part of the deployment.

A team of special forces with special training in anti-terrorism and hostage rescue operations will be mobilized to protect essential personnel.

They will use bulletproof Hummer H2 vehicles that were used at the 12th National Party Congress in 2016 and during the U.S.-South Korea Summit in Hanoi in 2019.

The 13th National Party Congress will select the country's Communist Party general secretary, prime minister, president and the National Assembly chairperson for the new five-year term.

 
 
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