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Keeping Bali Safe for Democracy

556 Police Officers Deployed to Safeguard Bali Democracy Forum December 10-11, 2009.

(12/6/2009) 556 Police will be deployed to guarantee the safety of the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) to be held at the Hotel Grand Hyatt Nusa Dua on December 10 and 11, 2009.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to open the conference.

The assistant commander of the Presidential Guard, Air Marshall Imarullah, held coordination meetings on December 4, 2009 with Bali Chief of Police General Sutisna to review the tough security measures in place for BDF.

The Bali meeting will bring together Foreign Ministers from countries across the Asia-Pacific to discuss cooperation in building democratic political institution in the region. President Yudhoyono will address delegations from 53 participating countries, 24 ministers and 14 observers.

From December 9 12, 2009, the Bali police will launch what has been dubbed "Operation Pan Puri Agung III-2009" calling on resources from all operation precincts of the Bali Police.

Gde Sugianyar, the spokesman for the Bali police, said: "The Bali police will deploy 556 officers to safeguard the BDF to ensure its smooth running success."

On Saturday, December 5, 2009, the Bali police conducted drill exercises in preparation for the event in the Renon area of Bali's capital of Denpasar.