Police exercises across Hong Kong seen as threat
Armored vehicles and troop trucks are parked in a lot by Shenzhen Bay Stadium in Shenzhen, China Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Armored vehicles belonging to China's paramilitary People's Armed Police were parked in the sports complex across the border in Hong Kong, in what some have interpreted as a threat against pro-democracy protesters. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
Published Friday, August 16, 2019 6:01AM EDT
HONG KONG -- Members of China's paramilitary People's Armed Police have been seen marching and practicing crowd-control tactics at a sports complex across from Hong Kong, in what some have interpreted as a threat against pro-democracy protesters.
Hong Kong's government has refused to talk with demonstrators who have protested since early June to demand expanded political rights and the scrapping of legislation that could have seen criminal suspects sent to China.
Vehicles belonging to the paramilitary People's Armed Police were arrayed Friday in Shenzhen, a city just across from Hong Kong.
Hong Kong police officers said Thursday they weren't aware of plans for Chinese forces to join efforts to quell the demonstrations.
The protests have been marked by increasing violence and shut down the Hong Kong airport earlier this week.