China quietly sends another 6,000 troops to Hong Kong, doubling its force
As Hong Kong continues to defy the Chinese Communist Party, the People’s Liberation Army have pushed more troops into the Canton region, all in the name of “order” and “peace.”
Coming in by ship, bus and armored vehicles, the troops are allegedly part of the normal “rotation” force, though Asian and Western envoys have noted the troops are more akin to reinforcements, and a force growth previously unseen- and the equipment and troops indicate that quelling unrest may be the mission-to be.
The reports, which were covered by Reuters, correlate with information leaked to War Is Boring analysts from both members of the Hong Kong Police Force sympathetic to the pro-democracy movement in HK and individuals who maintain a keen eye on PLA movements in the area.
“Three of the envoys said the contingent of Chinese military personnel in Hong Kong had more than doubled in size since the protests began,” Reuters reported. “They estimated the number of military personnel is now between 10,000 and 12,000, up from 3,000 to 5,000 in the months before the reinforcement.”
The People’s Armed Police force, the Chinese gendarmerie that played an instrumental role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre before the bulk of regular troops were dispatched, have also grown in size and will likely be the first deployed if -or when- the decision is made to quel the Hong Kong protests.
The PAP is the primary threat to democratic protesters in Hong Kong, and several propaganda videos have been released of late in relation to the unit- possibly as a warning to any who would oppose them.
A Hong Kong police spokesperson told Reuters the local police force was “capable of maintaining law and order and determined to restore public safety in Hong Kong.”
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