Date: Aug 1, 2019
By: Tim Hume
The general in charge of China’s army in Hong Kong issued a chilling warning that there would be no tolerance of pro-democracy demonstrations, as his garrison released a propaganda video showing troops firing guns, blowing up cars, and running “anti-riot” drills to quell protests.
Maj.-Gen. Chen Daoxiang, commander of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison in Hong Kong, made the comments at a reception in the garrison’s barracks Wednesday night.
“Recently, there have been a series of violent incidents happening in Hong Kong,” Chen told an audience that included Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam.
He said the unrest had “severely damaged” Hong Kong’s stability, rule of law, and social order, threatened the lives of its residents, and “severely violated the bottom line of the 'one country, two systems' framework.”
“This should not be tolerated and we express our strong condemnation,” he said, describing violent protests as “absolutely impermissible.”
At the reception, held to celebrate the 92nd anniversary of the PLA, the garrison released a slick propaganda video showing heavily armed Chinese forces responding to protesters.