Warning amid 'anti-terrorism' drill in Zhuhai

Local | Charlotte Luo 2 Dec 2019

An anti-terrorism drill was conducted at the Zhuhai port of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge on Friday, with 1,000 public security officers participating.

Zhuhai police released the footage via its official account on the social media platform Weibo on Saturday night showing drones and armed police officers holding shields and moving in procession. Other officers could be seen riding motorcycles.

During the drill, the combat training operations team of Zhuhai Public Security Bureau had exercises aimed at handling different means of violence and confrontations.

On its official WeChat account, the bureau said about 1,000 officers and more than 80 police vehicles took part in Friday's exercise on an artificial island that is part of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

It said the drill, which was divided into four parts, was comprehensive and simulated real conditions: police assembly, skill demonstration, anti-terrorism action and collective oaths.

It said 108 frontline police officers conducted offensive and defensive operations with sticks and shields, as well as with extendable batons and round shields to show the individual combat capability of the police to stop riots.

Traffic police on motorcycles demonstrated their driving skills, it said.

Special duties police showed air defense counter-attack tactics using drones, fully demonstrating the advanced thinking and excellent skills of the Zhuhai Public Security, it said.

Deputy mayor of Zhuhai Zhang Rui led more than 1,000 police officers in taking an oath to defend political security, social stability, and peace.

Zhuhai municipal party committee secretary Guo Yonghang called on the officers to loyally fulfill their duties and help to build a stable social environment.

Chinese police had previously released a video of a drill in Shenzhen that was regarded as an apparent warning to demonstrators in Hong Kong.

In early August, air, sea and land forces from the People's Liberation Army's Hong Kong garrison conducted their biggest anti-terror drill in the city.

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