Security forces on high alert for Taungyi Tasaungtine Festival

EMG

Members of the Myanmar Police force are holding security drill demonstrations while 41 CCTV cameras are being installed to prevent bomb blasts at this year’s Taunggyi Tazaungdaing Festival, Police Col. Win Tun of the Shan State Police Force said yesterday.

Security forces demonstrate security drill at Ahwayyar fire bloom sports ground in Taunggyi on Tuesday. (photo/EMG)
Security forces demonstrate security drill at Ahwayyar fire bloom sports ground in Taunggyi on Tuesday. (photo/EMG)

The annual Taunggyi Tazaungdaing Festival, held in Shan State, is wildly popular with locals and foreign visitors alike.

In order to ensure a successful festival, police officers are conducting security measures such as mine searches, inspections for drugs and alcohol, and site surveillance to spot those who could potentially commit destructive acts.

“We are carrying out the security tasks to prevent crimes during the festival. That’s why we are monitoring the security of Taunggyi Township,” said Police Col. Win Tun. “We will be especially vigilant in conducting security checks at the Ahwayyar fire bloom sports ground, where the festival is to be held. We installed 30 CCTV cameras in the entire Taunggyi Township area, and the remaining 10 CCTV cameras at the sports ground.”

The security forces include members of police force, Tatmadaw [soldiers], fire brigades, Red Cross members, and ward administrators. All will participate in security drills to prevent destructive acts during the festival.

The Taunggyi Tazaungdaing Festival will be held from November 10 to 18, with nearly 1,000 security forces on hand.

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