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Alarm in Hong Kong after Chinese armoured vehicles seen travelling down Kowloon streets

Published on Aug 29, 2014 2:46 PM
 
A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier stands guard at the entrance to the PLA's Hong Kong Garrison headquarters in Hong Kong on Aug 29, 2014. Hong Kong democracy advocates expressed alarm on Friday after Chinese army vehicles were photographed travelling down a major thoroughfare, in what they condemned as a show of "military might" ahead of expected protests. -- PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong democracy advocates expressed alarm on Friday after Chinese army vehicles were photographed travelling down a major thoroughfare, in what they condemned as a show of "military might" ahead of expected protests.

At least four People's Liberation Army (PLA) armoured personnel carriers were seen in the small hours of Thursday near the busy Jordan and Yau Ma Tei regions of the city, the Apple Daily newspaper reported.

The vehicles, with short guns mounted on turrets, were spotted at a time of heightened public discontent in the semi-autonomous city over perceived interference by Beijing and a debate over how the next chief executive will be chosen under planned reforms.

Pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo said she believed the movement of the armoured carriers was a deliberate attempt to frighten activists ahead of protests by pro-democracy group Occupy Central on Sunday, when the top committee of China's rubber-stamp legislature is expected to announce its decision on what form the political changes will take. "It's a show of military might to scare off Hong Kong people who are about to stage some large-scale civil disobedience activity. The timing is very suspicious," she told AFP.

 
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