HK Protests: Chinese Army wades in, issues warning

HK Protests: Chinese Army wades in, issues warning

HK Protests: Chinese Army wades in, issues warning

"Protesters" being detained by PLA soldiers during an "anti-riot" drill in the PLA promotional video.

Analysts said that the Chinese government would be reluctant to deploy the PLA due to the potential economic and social instability that a military presence might spark.

The release of the video came on the same day dozens of people appeared in court in Hong Kong after being charged with "rioting" for their alleged involvement in a protest over the weekend. The senators had said passage of Hong Kong's extradition bill would compel US authorities to reevaluate whether the city would qualify for such status. The video ends with many, including schoolchildren, saying they are "very proud" of their country. "This whole thing today is just making me more angry", said one protester, who gave his name as Gartner.

The Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union recently encouraged staff to join protests at Hong Kong's global airport.

Although police repeatedly warned the demonstrators to leave the area as they were participating in an illegal assembly, they refused and "continued to perform various peace-breaching acts and attack police officers", the statement said.

Some people are concerned that waving the USA flag will provide ammunition for Chinese claims - made without evidence - that the Hong Kong protests are not an organic people's uprising but a sinister plot engineered by Western powers to undermine China.

It states if the Hong Kong government requests PLA assistance "in maintenance of public order" then the garrison's troops can enter the streets of the city.

The PLA has remained in barracks since political protests began in April, leaving Hong Kong's police force to deal with the massive and often violent confrontations in the Asian financial hub.

An online fundraising effort to take out anti-extradition advertisements in major worldwide newspapers during the G20 meeting last month raised HK$5.4 million ($950,000) within days, enabling the protesters to place ads in at least eight publications including the Financial Times and the New York Times.

Hong Kong authorities charged the protesters with rioting, which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years.

Hong Kong protest leaders are not satisfied and say the bill should be formally withdrawn.

The HKMA is now in a transitional period, with chief executive Norman Chan set to be replaced in October by his long-time deputy Eddie Yue, who will have to face risks ranging from a resurgent property market to intermittent sniping against the city's currency peg.

She also said she was not aware of a situation on the China-Hong Kong border.

Hong Kong's law states that the PLA troops stationed in Hong Kong "shall not interfere in the local affairs of the region". People have always been angry due to Beijing's handling of their takeover of the region from the British just over 20 years ago.

Lam has not spoken to the public this week but made an appearance at a PLA youth summer camp.

The mass display of opposition to the bill has morphed into a wider pro-democracy movement that has thrown down the most significant challenge to Beijing's authority since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

That investigation, along with forcing Lam's resignation, would be Beijing's two best options for de-escalation at minimal cost, professor Willy Lam said. And how likely do you think that might happen?

"Beijing is dead-set against establishment of an independent commission of inquiry". China could (and is) using this suggestion of a military incursion to push harder the theory that the protests aren't meant to promote actual reform but are being orchestrated by Taiwan and America for further destabilization. "So I'm afraid the impasse will continue".

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