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Beijing Held Its First National Day Parade Rehearsal

In the early morning on August 29, 2009, the first rehearsal for China’s National Day Parade took place at Tiananmen Square, China News Agency reported. The practice started at 3 a.m. and lasted for an hour. About 100,000 people marched for 35 parade blocks, passing Tiananmen Square. Many college students participated in this patriotic event. The security, transportation control, medical, and weather forecast groups also participated in the practice.

The Beijing police started three security patrol lines based on the 2008 Olympic security control experience. The patrol control level has been increased to Level 2. Every day, nearly 7,000 policemen from the patrol police and special police departments patrol the streets and special areas.

Source: China News Agency, August 29, 2009