From last night. It wasn't an invasion, obviously
CHINA’S HONG KONG
ARMY GARRISON SENDS A
MESSAGE OF WARNING TO
Meanwhile, Police Have Banned A Planned Protest On Anniversary Of Law That Curtailed Voting Rights.
30 August, 2019
China’s military is vowing to make “new” contributions to Hong Kong’s stability, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.
The report came as troops arrived in the city during the early-morning hours in armored vehicles at the city’s People’s Liberation Army garrison. Mainland CCTV released a video of the “regular annual troop rotation” in what many analysts noted was a departure from regular procedure.
Click here to see the full video (which is in Mandarin): https://tinyurl.com/y5svzwsn
The PLA’s Southern Theatre Command also issued the following statement:
“The Hong Kong Garrison of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army on Thursday morning completed the 22nd rotation since it began garrisoning Hong Kong in 1997. Approved by the Central Military Commission, the move is a normal routine annual rotation in line with the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Garrisoning the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
“The new personnel arrived at the garrison barracks via land, sea and air. The fresh members have been trained and carried out studies to master military skills and knowledge about the general situation in Hong Kong and relevant laws.
“The garrison pledges to resolutely follow the command of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Central Military Commission, firmly implement the ‘one country, two systems’ principle, the Basic Law of the HKSAR and the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Garrisoning the HKSAR, resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, effectively perform the defense duty in Hong Kong and make new and greater contributions in maintaining the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.”
Following this latest development, the Hong Kong Police Force has announced that it has banned a planned demonstration scheduled for Saturday. Hong Kong Island Regional Commander Kwok Pak-chung said the decision was made following a “risk assessment”:
“From our reliable intelligence, we reasonably believe that certain protesters will commit acts of violence during the gathering. Although a protest held by the same organizer was generally peaceful on Aug. 18, we have noticed a lot of online comments to propagate the use of extreme violence in the coming protest. Some netizens event went to the extreme of promoting deadly violence.”
Kwok said “radical protesters” have “turned their extreme ideas into reality in the past,” leading police to believe violent protesters would “hijack” an otherwise peaceful demonstration. Noting his force is “duty-bound to preserve public peace and protect life and property,” he said the decision had nothing to do with silencing dissent and everything to do with public safety.
The banned protest would’ve marked the seventh anniversary of a law that curtailed voting rights in the city. Some analysts say they believe the police’s move will trigger even more chaos and turmoil. But lawmakers in Hong Kong are weighing additional moves, such as legislation aimed at banning people from wearing masks in public.
(Photo Credit: People’s Liberation Army/CCTV)
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