Anti-terrorism volunteer force patrols Beijing
An anti-terrorism force of about 850,000 urban volunteers will patrol Beijing’s streets following recent terrorist attacks across the country.
The volunteers, including retirees, university students and local residents, have been recruited to work with public security officers and armed police to eliminate any possible danger. About 680,000 of the volunteers, or 60 percent, are over the age of 50.
The capital adopted a similar security measure for the 2008 Olympics.
The volunteers will be given accident insurance of up to 400,000 yuan ($64,000), the Beijing Social Administration Commission said.
The volunteers, have reportedly eliminated 826 cases of potential safety hazards, resolved 731 public disputes and helped capture 58 suspects during the past two weeks. (Photo 5)