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Torch relay


 An unannounced trial run of the torch relay was held yesterday to check preparations for vehicle control, traffic, security, television broadcasting, and convoy co-ordination.

During the event access to the Governor Nobre de Carvalho bridge was cut off and traffic jammed as the convoy weaved its way through the city.
Aiming to perfect next Saturday's event preparations, the overall test included a vehicles convey test and the transmission of television signals to an overhead helicopter as well as site inspections.
Among those who evaluated the test event were the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) representative Zhang Weiqing, Macao Planning Committee Chairman Manuel Silvério, and Deputy Commissioner of Public Security Police Force Ma Io Kun.
“ We are satisfied of the tests made today,” said Manuel Silvério adding necessary improvements identified during site inspections will continue to be made.
Deputy Commissioner Ma Io Kun said that although the trial followed the route announced in February, it is possible changes will be made at the last minute, “depending on the situation”.
Meanwhile, the Judiciary Police are investigating a local hotel worker who posted a message on an internet forum urging people to disrupt the coming relay.
“The man was asking people to grab the torch,” a police statement said.
The 28 year old man, surnamed Cheng, admitted posting the message, however said it was just a “joke” and was not intended to cause trouble, police said.
He is being investigated for encouraging others to commit a crime, the police said, adding he will be sent to the public prosecutors office next week.
The torch relay, which will be held next Saturday will be televised by 10 broadcasters including Teledifusão de Macau (TDM), Macau Cable TV, Macau Asia Satellite Television (MASTV), Television Broadcasting Company (TVB), Asia Television (ATV), Hong Kong Cable TV, Hong Kong Now TV, Phoenix Satellite Television, China Central Television (CCTV), Guangdong Television (GDTV), and Associated Press Television News (APTN).
The torch will arrive at the Macau International Airport this coming Friday night and will travel to the mainland city of Sanya after the Saturday circuit through the city.