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China Revs Up Displeasure With Protests With Video, Threats

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By    |   Thursday, 01 August 2019 05:57 PM

China's army released a disturbing video showing soldiers practicing shooting protesters as a top Chinese military official in Hong Kong labeled recent violent protests "absolutely intolerable," The Washington Post reported.

"We resolutely support the action to maintain Hong Kong's rule of law by the people who love the nation and the city, and we are determined to protect national sovereignty, security, stability, and the prosperity of Hong Kong," said Maj. Gen. Chen Daoxiang, commander of the People's Liberation Army garrison in Hong Kong, the Post reported.

The pro-democracy protests have continued for eight consecutive weekends.

"The incidents have seriously threatened the life and safety of Hong Kong citizens and violated the bottom line of 'one country, two systems,'" Chen said at a reception in Hong Kong on Wednesday night.

At the same time, the Hong Kong garrison released the provocative practice video in which soldiers shouted "At your own peril!" and carried banners reading: "Stop charging, or we use force."

The foreign minister of Taiwan, Jaushieh Joseph Wu, tweeted:

"Beijing is celebrating Armed Forces Day in a most uncivilized fashion.

"The people of #HongKong are gifted a video of vile threats! The PLA is supposed to protect the people, not pound them into submission. It's time for authoritarian China to back off!"

The Communist Party views Taiwan as a renegade province that belongs to China. Beijing has been making clear its unhappiness with the island's independence-minded government, especially as Taiwan and Hong Kong's protesters appear to band together in the name of democracy, the Post reported.

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As a top Chinese military official in Hong Kong labeled recent violent protests "absolutely intolerable," China's army released a disturbing video showing soldiers practicing shooting protesters, The Washington Post reported.
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