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Ma-Wang Showdown: Police to maintain standard security on 10/10

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

The police will maintain standard security procedures for the Double Ten National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office, with no extra police force to be deployed, despite several civic groups’ plans to hold protests in the area, the event’s preparatory committee said yesterday.

The ceremony to celebrate the nation’s birthday will start at 9:24am in front of the Presidential Office. At least three civil groups have applied with the police to hold protests and rallies against President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in the area.

Taipei City’s Police Department will deploy more than 3,000 police to maintain security during the ceremony this year.

Deputy Minister of the Interior Hsiao Chia-chi (蕭家淇), who also is the preparatory committee’s secretary-general, said the number of police officers to be dispatched to the venue is about the same as the number last year. The police will not expand the traffic control area, either.

“We expect the rallies on Oct. 10 to proceed peacefully, and the police will not strengthen its security operations,” he said yesterday.

While Hsiao stressed that the scope of police security will remain the same, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) has instructed the National Police Agency to take extra precautions in planning its security operations during the ceremony amid civic groups’ plans for various rallies and protests.

Some rally organizers called on participants to wear white T-shirts when attending anti-Ma rallies on the Double Ten Day and Hsiao said the police will not intervene with protestors based on their outfit because the rallies will be held outside the restricted area.

Traffic control measures will be put in place from 7am to 1pm around the Presidential Office including Henyang Road, Gongyuan Road, Chungqin S Road, Aiguo W Road, Chunghua Road and Boai Road in Taipei.

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