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China slams Hong Kong protest violence as ‘terrorism’

Passengers look at an electric board to check their flights status in the departures area of Hong Kong’s international airport yesterday, the day after the airport closed due to pro-democracy protests. - AFP
Passengers look at an electric board to check their flights status in the departures area of Hong Kong’s international airport yesterday, the day after the airport closed due to pro-democracy protests. - AFP

CHINA: China on Monday described unrest in Hong Kong as a sign of “terrorism emerging”, as state media published a video of armoured personnel carriers purportedly driving towards a city bordering the territory.

Beijing slammed violent protesters who it said had thrown petrol bombs at police officers and linked them to “terrorism” in Hong Kong, where weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations have posed the biggest challenge to Chinese rule since the territory’s 1997 British handover.

“Hong Kong’s radical demonstrators have repeatedly used extremely dangerous tools to attack police officers, which already constitutes a serious violent crime, and also shows the first signs of terrorism emerging,” said Yang Guang, spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council. “This wantonly tramples on Hong Kong’s rule of law and social order,” he said at a press briefing in Beijing.

Later on Monday two state media outlets, the nationalistic tabloid Global Times and the People’s Daily ran a minute-long video compiling clips of armoured personnel carriers and troop carriers purportedly driving to Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.

The video shows roughly two dozen armoured carriers apparently driving through the southern city of Guangzhou and other troop carriers leaving eastern Fujian province.

The People’s Armed Police (PAP) are in charge of “handling riots, turmoil, seriously violent, criminal activities, terrorist attacks and other societal security incidents”, the People’s Daily said in text accompanying the video.

The PAP are assembling in Shenzhen, “a city bordering Hong Kong, in advance of apparent large-scale exercises”, the Global Times said.

Beijing’s warnings come a day after thousands of pro-democracy protesters defied warnings from authorities to hit the streets for the 10th weekend in a row.

- AFP


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