The Chinese paramilitary police organized a new anti-riot exercise near the border of Hong Kong yesterday.
The exercise was conducted just a few hours after Beijing sent new troops and armored vehicles to the semi-autonomous city in what made it a & # 39; routine rotation & # 39; called.
It comes when the Hong Kong police have arrested three young figureheads for democracy and banned meetings on Saturday, raising the fear of new violent clashes in the financial center over the weekend.
Chinese paramilitary police officers are marching on Thursday to & # 39; demonstrators & # 39; in staged battles in Shenzhen. Two other similar anti-riot exercises were conducted in the city earlier this month
Beijing armed police officers are confronted with & # 39; demonstrators & # 39; while holding tear gas guns during exercise
Officers fire tear gas at & # 39; demonstrators & # 39; who attacked them with wooden bars and umbrellas
The Communist Party has gathered hundreds of military trucks and more than 10,000 armed police officers in Shenzhen, a mainland Chinese city bordering on Hong Kong, after the unrest against the government increased this month.
The Chinese military authority has previously warned that it would take Beijing forces only 10 minutes to reach Hong Kong from Shenzhen in a warning to demonstrators.
Yesterday's exercise was the third of its kind to be held in Shenzhen this month.
In staged collisions, officers fired tear gas and sent water cannon wagons to distribute club-swinging demonstrators wearing hardhats and black tops, the typical outfit of Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators.
Two trucks mounted with water cannons are sent to distribute demonstrators during the military exercise
Shield weapon paramilitary officers march to & # 39; demonstrators & # 39; at the staged collisions
Hong Kong and the Chinese city of Shenzhen have a border of 37 kilometers (22 miles)
Imagery released by the state newspaper People & # 39; s Daily on Twitter-like Weibo shows the paramilitary officers calling out the slogan & # 39; Listen to the party's order. Can win heavy wars. Excellent discipline for the exercise.
They also sang & # 39; Retreat! & # 39; to the crowd in Cantonese as they marched towards them with shields in tight formation.
The & # 39; demonstrators & # 39; the police saw attacks with wooden rods, umbrellas and trolleys that were set on fire.
Various & # 39; demonstrators & # 39; were eventually subjected to armed police.
Paramilitary police officers swear their loyalty to the communist party before the exercise
The & # 39; demonstrators & # 39; wear hardhats and black tops, the typical outfit of demonstrators in Hong Kong
The police are tackling one of the demonstrators, played by an actor, during yesterday's anti-riot exercise
Shenzhen is located in the southern part of Guangdong province, has a population of around 13 million and has close economic and cultural ties with Hong Kong.
The two cities share a border of 37 kilometers (22 miles) and overlook each other in the bay of Shenzhen.
Video images and satellite images appeared in mid-August and showed that China had mobilized military trucks in a sports stadium overlooking the Bay of Shenzhen.
In response to a previous similar exercise, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense described it as a regular exercise in its annual plan.
Armored personnel of the Chinese People's Liberation Army cross the Huanggang Port border between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong in the early hours of Thursday
PLA soldiers swear their relentless loyalty to Beijing before they go to Hong Kong
Soldiers across the country, by air and naval forces in the PLA were involved in the operation
A spokesperson said yesterday that the exercise focused on testing the ability of the troops to maintain social stability.
China also sent new troops to Hong Kong yesterday. Beijing said the military operation, which took place in the early hours, was a routine annual rotation.
A new massive rally is scheduled for Saturday in Hong Kong.
But the city's police refused permission for the demonstration for security reasons, increasing the chance of a new weekend of clashes between police and demonstrators.
The Hong Kong government said Monday that illegal violence put Hong Kong on the verge of great danger after a weekend of clashes between protesters and police. A riot police sees a tear gas canister shooting during a protest in Tsuen Wan on August 25
Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, has seen more than two months of youth-led protests that often ended in clashes with the police. The photo shows demonstrators behind barricades, surrounded by tear gas, during a protest in Tsuen Wan on 25 August
Anti-government demonstrations have rocked Hong Kong for the past three months. Protesters see clashing with the police after a rally in Tsuen Wan on August 25
Hong Kong police arrested three young anti-government leaders in an apparent attempt to prevent further escalation of the unrest.
Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow – both 22 years old and known to the city's youth – were arrested today in the early morning.
They have been accused of inciting & # 39; to engage others in unauthorized assembly & # 39; and other charges. The couple had to appear in court on Friday afternoon.
Hours earlier, a 28-year-old Andy Chan, a vocal independence activist, was detained at Hong Kong airport en route to Japan.
In this photo taken on August 25, 2019, Abby (front, far right), 19, and her friend Nick, 20, (front, second from right) squat while holding hands while waiting for the police to fire tear gas during a protest in Tsuen Wan, an area in the New Territories in Hong Kong
Joshua Wong, the pro-democracy figurehead of Hong Kong, was arrested today on suspicion of inciting unauthorized participation. The 22-year-old activist, who was released from jail in June, is shown on 17 June during a press demonstration
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam (photo) said this week that the government would consider adopting & # 39; all laws & # 39; to prevent violence. City police have banned scheduled rally & # 39; s on Saturday
Protest groups also call for a general strike on Monday and Tuesday.
Hong Kong leader, Carrie Lam, who has become a lightning rod for anger protesters, said this week that the government would consider adopting & # 39; all laws & # 39; to prevent violence.
What is happening in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong protesters are demanding democratic reforms and the full repeal of a bill that can be used to send criminal suspects to mainland China to stand trial. Protesters are shown waving their phones in a demonstration on August 28
Hong Kong has been shocked by a series of anti-government protests over the past three months. The demonstrations were initially fueled by a bill that allowed some criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China to stand trial.
Hong Kong falls under the policy of & # 39; one country, two systems & # 39; and has a different legal and administrative system than the Chinese mainland. The principle was agreed by China and the UK before the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
However, many residents of the semi-autonomous city feel that their liberties are eroding because of the tight political grip of Beijing.
The extradition law has been suspended indefinitely, but the meetings have changed into a broader pro-democracy movement that requires government reforms and universal suffrage, among other things.
Protesters also demand an independent investigation into what they see as excessive police force during collisions.
Massive gatherings, sometimes attended by no fewer than two million people, have been taking place every weekend for 9 weeks since 9 June.
Protesters have targeted government buildings, the representative office of Beijing in Hong Kong, shopping centers and the international airport to make their demands known.
The demonstrations often started with a peaceful march or sit-in and ended in violent clashes between activists and police.
In a repeated pattern, activists throw items such as bricks and gas bombs at the police and anti-riot officers who fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.
Since June, more than 850 people have been arrested for the protests.
Beijing has described the situation in Hong Kong as the & # 39; worst crisis & # 39; which the city has seen since the transfer in 1997. It also has some activists & # 39; rioters & # 39; and & # 39; almost terrorists & # 39; called.
It is generally believed that the central government is determined to suppress the chaos before 1 October when the country celebrates the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.
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