China has told its police forces in the vicinity of Hong Kong to be ready to & # 39; subversive, violent and terrorist activities & # 39; before the 70th anniversary of the country.
The order was issued by the head of China's public security ministry to officers in southern Guangdong province after the anti-government turmoil in the financial hub escalated to a new level at the weekend.
Beijing has mobilized hundreds of military trucks and thousands of paramilitary police officers to Shenzhen, a city bordering on Hong Kong, and has instructed at least two large-scale anti-riot exercises to be conducted in a show of military power.
A Chinese official has ordered the police in Guangdong to be ready for & # 39; violent and terrorist activities & # 39 ;. His speech clearly referred to protests in Hong Kong. The photo shows paramilitary officers taking part in an anti-riot exercise in Shenzhen, Guangdong, on August 6
Beijing has mobilized hundreds of military trucks and thousands of paramilitary police officers to Shenzhen, a city bordering on Hong Kong. The photo shows military vehicles parked on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center, a stone's throw from Hong Kong, on August 15
The demonstrations in Hong Kong were initially fueled by a now suspended extradition law that would allow some criminal suspects to be sent to China for determination. In the photo, a demonstrator uses a tennis racket to hit tear gas bottles back on August 25
Hong Kong's semi-autonomous city has been flooded for two months with angry and sometimes bloody protests against the government.
The rally & # 39; s were initially fueled by a now suspended extradition law that allowed some criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.
The opposition to the bill has since changed into a broader pro-democracy movement that has taken the biggest challenge for Beijing since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule 22 years ago.
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
Police and soldiers were photographed on August 16 using the weapon that, if electric, could cause burns and punctures, while the former British colony braced itself for another week of protests that could see more than a million people on the street
Chinese soldiers participate in a crowd control exercise at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center
Beijing has activists like & # 39; almost terrorists & # 39; and said the former British colony was in the & # 39; worst crisis & # 39; since its transfer to the Chinese regime in 1997.
The Communist Party is eager to alleviate the unrest before the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People's Republic of China on October 1, when the national festivals will take place.
During a visit to Guangdong province on Monday, Chinese public safety minister Zhao Kezhi instructed the police to open the & # 39; southern gate & # 39; of the country and to maintain the political security of the country.
Zhao Kezhi (pictured in 2017), the head of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, urged police officers in Guangdong province at the & # 39; southern gate & # 39; protect the country
Mr. Zhao (third from the right) speaks to an officer on Monday during a visit to a police station in Guangzhou. He urged the police in Guangdong to acknowledge the situation & # 39;
He addressed police officers in the provincial capital of Guangzhou and ordered them to take precautions and all types of & # 39; subversive and harmful infiltration & # 39; and & # 39; violent and terrorist activities & # 39; to deal with.
Although Mr. Zhao did not mention the word Hong Kong, the speech clearly pointed to the ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the territory.
The minister instructed police officers to & # 39; acknowledge the situation & # 39; and & # 39; resolutely win the heavy war of social stability for the 70th anniversary of the founding of China & # 39 ;.
& # 39; (You) must focus on building a hardened & # 39; iron & # 39; police team that can reassure the Communist Party and people, & # 39; he ordered.
Hong Kong was confronted with unprecedented chaos last weekend. More than 80 people as young as 12 were arrested after protesters had occupied the streets of the city.
They built road barriers and threw bricks and gas bombs to block the police.
Hong Kong demonstrations escalated after police fired live bullets, water cannon and tear gas, while protesters threw bricks and gas bombs on the 12th weekend of the extradition movement. On the photo the police are firing tear gas in Tsuen Wan on 25 August
An insider said it is unlikely that the city government will fall into the protesters in the short term. On the photo, protesters are returning tear gas to Tsuen Wan on August 25 in the final collisions
Carrie Lam (photo) has criticized that her government is ignoring the protesters. & # 39; It's not a matter of not responding, & # 39; she said. & # 39; It's about not accepting those requirements & # 39;
Police said on Monday that they were forced to fire water cannons and ward off a warning shot against & # 39; extremely violent & # 39; demonstrators, marking some of the worst collisions the city has seen since June.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam later warned that the authorities would be forced to suppress escalating violence.
She also refused to accept the demands of the protests, including a complete repeal of the extradition law, an independent investigation into police violence and genuine universal suffrage.
A satellite image shows military and security vehicles parked in a stadium in Shenzhen
Chinese state media have also released videos to show that tanks and military trucks are being mobilized
Hong Kong and the Chinese city of Shenzhen have a border of 37 kilometers (22 kilometers). The satellite images suggested that the military trucks were assembled in the bay of Shenzhen, a stone's throw from Hong Kong across the water
In a final expression of dissatisfaction, hundreds of Hong Kong protesters took to the streets today to denounce Cathay Pacific Airways for the resignation of the crew participating in or supporting anti-government rallies.
Cathay was the target for the firing of 20 pilots and cabin crew and what personnel have described as & # 39; white terror & # 39 ;, an expression used in Hong Kong and elsewhere to describe anonymous acts that create a climate of fear.
Rupert Hogg, the former CEO of the airline, announced his resignation earlier this month after Beijing demanded that the airline summon staff to deal with illegal protests and submit ID clarifications for cabin crew on China-bound flights.
Protesters gather Wednesday for a protest against the recent resignation of Cathay Pacific staff in Hong Kong. Cathay was the target for firing 20 pilots and cabin crew
A demonstrator wears a plastic plaster over his eye in reference to a female demonstrator allegedly hit in her eye by a police bag during a collision earlier this month
A female protester has a sign saying: & # 39; terminate termination, stop terrorizing CX personnel & # 39 ;. Cathay employees have described the current situation in the company as & # 39; white terror & # 39 ;, an expression used in Hong Kong and elsewhere to describe anonymous actions that create a climate of fear
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