Earlier in June, China launched
a week-long series of anti-terrorist drills called "Great Wall 5", in preparation for the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games. The drills involved emergency responders, "police forces, the People's Armed Police, the People's Liberation Army and the health, environmental protection, meteorology and transportation departments." according to China's Xinhua News Agency. Anti-Terrorism Exercises in China
Paramilitary policemen display their skills
during an anti-terror drill themed "To Welcome Olympic Games,To Ensure the Security" at Datianwan Stadium on July 2, 2008 in Chongqing Municipality, China. China has launched a series of anti-terror drills at the national level to ensure security for the upcoming Olympics in Beijing .
Chinese paramilitary policemen form a
pattern of the Olympic Rings on the field, while policewomen display their fighting skills during an anti-terrorism drill on July 2, 2008 in Chongqing Municipality.
In this photo released by
the official Xinhua news agency, members of China's armed police demonstrate a rapid deployment during an anti-terrorist drill held in Jinan, east China, on Wednesday July 2, 2008, roughly one month ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games.
In this photo released by
the official Xinhua news agency, a member of China's armed police operates a flame sprayer during an anti-terrorist drill held in Jinan, east China, on Wednesday July 2, 2008, roughly one month ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games.
Chinese police parade during an
anti-terrorism drill for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Xian, in China's Shaanxi province on June 11, 2008. China is staging a week of anti-terrorism drills, dubbed "Great Wall 5", ahead of the Beijing Olympics next month.
. Chinese paramilitary officers and
a police officer surround a mockup house where "suspects" are held up in Xuchang, central China's Henan province, on Friday June 20, 2008 .
Retrospect of High Priestesses who
have lit the Olympic Flame. Greek High Priestess Thalia Prokopiou holds the flame during the Olympic torch lighting ceremony for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games at Ancient Olympia on March 25, 2004.
Since the first torch lighting
ceremony in Ancient Olympia in 1936, eight young women have performed the duties of the High Priestess, almost all of them theater actresses. They were: Koula Pratsika (1936) Maria Aggelakopoulou (1948) Xanthippi Picheon-Theologiti (1952) Aleka Katseli (1956-1960-1964) Maria Moscholiou (1968-1972-1976-1980) Katerina Didaskalou(1984-1988) Maria Pambouki (1992-1996) Thalia Prokopiou (2000-2004)
Koula Pratsika , the first
High Priestess in history, at the light ceremony of Berlin 1936 Olympic Games . Maria Aggelakopoulou, lights the Olyjmpic Flame at the light ceremony of London 1948 Olympic Games .
Xanthippi Picheon-Theologiti , lights the
Olyjmpic Flame at the light ceremony of Helsinki 1952 Olympic Games. Aleka Katseli , the 4th High Priestess who hosts the lighting ceremonies of 1956, 1960, 1964 Olympic Games .
Katerina Didaskalou, the sixth High
Priestess hosts the Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 Olympic Games' Olympic Fame. Maria Pambouki hosts the Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games' Olympic Flame lighting ceremony.