A Chinese province adjacent to Hong Kong has instructed 150,000 police officers to step up their anti-riot campaigns in a warning to anti-government protesters in the financial hub.
The police authority of Guangdong province in southern China urged the land, sea and air forces throughout the region to do more exercises to improve their combat capabilities prior to the country's national holiday on October 1.
Hong Kong has been shocked by more than 100 days of street protests calling for democratic reforms.
The police authority of Guangdong province in China has put its troops in standby mode for possible riots in a warning to anti-government protesters in Hong Kong
Footage released by the Guangdong police shows tens of thousands of officers participating in exercises
Hong Kong protest organizer asks US for help
A pop star and protest organizer from Hong Kong today urged the US Congress to take action against China because of the crackdown on months of protests in the city.
Cantopop star Denise Ho, whose music is banned in mainland China because of her activism, today made a & # 39; plea for universal human rights & # 39; in an appearance that would probably make Beijing furious.
& # 39; This is not a plea for so-called foreign interference. This is a plea for democracy & # 39 ;, she told a congressional committee in Washington.
Ho said China's performance in Hong Kong was a test for anyone who believes in a world that & # 39; free, open and civilian & # 39; is.
& # 39; If Hong Kong falls, it would easily become the springboard for China's totalitarian regime to push its rules and priorities abroad, using its economic forces to conform others to their communist values, & # 39; she said.
The ruling Communist Party of the country celebrates the 70th anniversary of the establishment of its regime in less than two weeks, and the ongoing pro-democracy turmoil is one of the most sensitive and critical issues that it faces.
Guangdong and Hong Kong have close social and cultural ties. Many Hong Kongers have ancestors from Guangdong, formerly known as Canton, and both regions speak Cantonese.
Guangdong provincial public safety department yesterday demanded its troops to perform more live-fire exercises to sharpen their skills.
It said that the armed forces must live up to the responsibilities of the Communist Party and the people.
The department released a Hollywood style video via Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, where officers show a series of exercises in preparation for a possible approach to demonstrators in Hong Kong.
Large-scale exercises were organized in 21 cities in the province, including densely populated cities such as Zhuhai.
The authority demanded of its troops to perform more live-fire exercises to sharpen their skills
Officers have been conducting counter-terrorism exercises since August in 21 cities in Guangdong
Such operations are announced as training for & # 39; anti-riot, counter-terrorism & # 39; and have been taking place since the beginning of August, when chaos escalated in Hong Kong.
Authorities have also mobilized hundreds of military vehicles and thousands of paramilitary officers to Shenzhen, 10 minutes from Hong Kong, to be ready for action.
Beijing has a small group of more violent protesters from Hong Kong & # 39; rioters & # 39; and & # 39; terrorists & # 39; and their demonstrations described as & # 39; political terrorism & # 39 ;.
The exercises involved 150,000 officers and helicopters, naval ships and advanced high-tech technologies were used, according to Passion News, a news outlet connected to Young Pioneers of China.
Hundreds of medical workers attend a protest on August 2 at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong
Protesters have urged Britain and the United States to help them with their movement
China will hold the largest military parade in its history in Beijing to celebrate the country's 70th anniversary.
Zhao Kezhi, the country's public security minister, instructed police officers in Guangdong to open the & # 39; southern gate & # 39; of the country and to maintain the political security of the country during a visit to the province at the beginning of this month.
Mr. Zhao ordered his troops to take precautionary measures and all types of & # 39; subversive and harmful infiltration & # 39; and & # 39; violent and terrorist activities & # 39; to deal with.
A satellite image shows military and security vehicles parked in a stadium in Shenzhen
Chinese soldiers participate in a crowd control exercise at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong on August 16. One of the soldiers is seen with a huge fork, which can also be electric, to be used in crowd control during a staged collision
Hong Kong and mainland Shenzhen share a 22-mile border
The unrest in Hong Kong began in early June when the city authorities tried to approve a bill that would allow extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China.
The bill was suspended by the government indefinitely in June, but the meetings have changed to a broader pro-democracy movement that requires government reforms and universal suffrage, among other things.
The city is governed by the & # 39; one country, two system & # 39; policy and has different legal and administrative systems than mainland China. The principle was agreed by China and the UK before the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
Protesters in Hong Kong are angry about what they see as a creeping interference from Beijing in the affairs of their city, despite a promise of autonomy.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam (photo) has promised to withdraw a bill that caused the unrest
They also demand that the government officially provide its description of & # 39; rioters & # 39; withdraws on protesters.
In a round of the last rally & # 39; s over the weekend, protesters defied a police ban and marched to the British consulate. They said that & # 39; one country, two systems & # 39; was dead and the former ruler urged Britain to help with their movement.
China says it adheres to the Hong Kong formula, denies interference, and says the city is an internal Chinese issue.
It has accused foreign powers, in particular the United States and Great Britain, of fueling the unrest and instructing them to deal with their own affairs.
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