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Chinese Paramilitaries Mass on Hong Kong Border as Pro-Democracy Protests Continue

HeadlineAug 15, 2019

In China, hundreds of paramilitary soldiers have massed at a sports stadium in Shenzhen as pro-democracy activists continue to hold protests day and night in neighboring Hong Kong. Video shows scores of military-style vehicles and hundreds of uniformed members of the People’s Armed Police Force in riot gear conducting exercises earlier today. On Wednesday evening, Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas to clear protesters who flashed laser pointers at a police station. Local officials threatened to jail protesters for life, and the ruling Communist Party’s official newspaper called on authorities to use the “sword of the law to stop violence and restore order.” Meanwhile, President Trump offered to mediate a solution to the Hong Kong crisis, writing in a tweet, “I know President Xi of China very well. He is a great leader who very much has the respect of his people. He is also a good man in a 'tough business.' I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it. Personal meeting?”

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