PLA garrison in HK releases drill video as warning

The three-minute video was posted on the Hong Kong garrison's official Weibo social media account late on July 31, 2019.
The three-minute video was posted on the Hong Kong garrison's official Weibo social media account late on July 31, 2019.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

China's military has released a slick propaganda video showing a drill of armed troops quelling a protest in Hong Kong, in a thinly veiled warning to the city's pro-democracy movement.

The video, posted on social media on Wednesday by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) garrison in Hong Kong, has a caption in which the military declares it has the "confidence" and "capabilities" to maintain security in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city.

The three-minute video showcases the PLA's tanks, helicopters, rocket launchers and other military hardware in action in Hong Kong, as well as heavily armed troops performing an anti-terrorism drill.

Meanwhile, hundreds of financial workers braved pouring rain to gather in central Hong Kong yesterday to march in support of the mass protests.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2019, with the headline 'PLA garrison in HK releases drill video as warning'. Print Edition | Subscribe