US intelligence reports that China is pulling troops to Hong Kong
US intelligence has information that the Chinese authorities are pulling troops to the borders of the Hong Kong special autonomous region, in which active protests have continued for two months, with street closures and clashes with the police. Intelligence data post posted on Tuesday at microblogging Twitter US President Donald Trump.
"Our intelligence informed us that the Chinese government is moving troops to the border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and careful!" – wrote the American president.
Earlier, the Chinese international news channel CGTN published a video with a cluster of armored vehicles of the Chinese People's Armed Police (PAPF) in Shenzhen, right on the border with Hong Kong.
China's Armed Police Force stations in south China's Shenzhen pic.twitter.com/OHRR3nrXkj
– CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) August 12, 2019
– Alexandre Krauss (@AlexandreKrausz) August 12, 2019
US President Donald Trump called the situation with the mass protests in Hong Kong very difficult, but expressed hope that a solution will be found and it will suit all parties. This was announced by the American leader on Tuesday before flying to Pennsylvania, TASS reports.
“The situation in Hong Kong is very complicated,” he said. “We will see what comes of it, but I’m sure that it will be resolved. I hope that the solution will suit all parties, including China, by the way. I hope that no one will suffer and not perish. "
More than two months ago, mass protests broke out in Hong Kong against a bill initiated by local authorities, which aims to establish a mechanism for the extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China to prosecute individuals suspected of violating Chinese laws or wanted. Under public pressure, local administration chief Carrie Lam pulled the bill off the agenda, but that did not stop the wave of protests.
On August 11, regular unauthorized anti-government demonstrations took place in different areas of the city. The security forces in some cases used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the gathered people. 40 people were injured. Demonstrators accuse the police of excessive cruelty and threaten with new large-scale protests, including at the airport.
Meanwhile, protesters are preparing for a confrontation with the police, mastering new types of weapons. Judging by the published frames, sometimes they use gigantic "slingshots" similar in principle to ancient catapults, airguns and bottles with a combustible mixture.
– CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) August 13, 2019
The products created using modern technologies are also used. So, the protesters armed themselves with laser pointers, which are trying to blind the police and confuse the face recognition cameras. This began after the police detained one of the demonstrators and stated that the laser pointer is a weapon. At the next action, almost everyone had lasers.
– CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) August 13, 2019
On Tuesday, Hong Kong International Airport suspended the registration of passengers on all flights due to anti-government protests taking place on its territory. This was reported by Reuters with reference to a statement from the administration of the Hong Kong airport.
"The work of the terminals of Hong Kong International Airport was seriously disrupted as a result of the mass crowds at the airport today," the air harbor directorate said.
Earlier on Tuesday, more than 300 flights were canceled at Hong Kong International Airport, which is intermittent due to massive protests. On Monday, thousands of demonstrators gathered in the halls, forcing the airborne administration to cancel all departing evening flights. It was planned to normalize work on Tuesday morning, but this has not yet been possible. In particular, dozens of flights were canceled by the largest local airline Cathay Pacific.
The police used pepper gas to disperse the protesters near the airport building. Clashes between police officers and demonstrators began after protesters blocked the way for a police car that accompanied an ambulance driving out of the territory adjacent to the airport. Law enforcement officials used pepper gas to drive out the protesters from the car doctors.
This is the moment police stormed Hong Kong International Airport.
Police said they were trying to get an injured traveler medical attention.
The police immediately pulled out from the terminal after clashes.#Hongkongprotest #HongKong #HongKongProtests#HongKongAirport #HKG pic.twitter.com/0INHqgtUFt
– CGTN America (@cgtnamerica) August 13, 2019
The blogger Ilya Varlamov, who made a photo story about the situation in Hong Kong, gives the opinion of the taxi driver who brought him up. He said that because of the protests in Hong Kong, fewer tourists, hotels and restaurants are half empty, and in general the city suffers big losses because of this.