China army in Hong Kong for first time since pro-democracy protests began
On Saturday, China deployed its troops in Hong Kong for the first time since massive pro-democracy protests began in the former British colony over the controversial extradition law more than five months ago, with plain-clothes soldiers clearing the roadblocks.
Soldiers from the Hong Kong People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison — the world’s largest army — have been mobilized for the first time in more than five months of civil unrest in Hong Kong, as dozens marched from their Kowloon garrison to help clear roadblocks, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.
It was also the first time in more than a year that the local PLA garrison had been involved in the work of the public society.
Soldiers, mainly wearing green T-shirts and black shorts and wearing red buckets, rushed out of the PLA’s Kowloon Tong barracks at about 4 p.m. to clear obstacles on Renfrew Road, near the Baptist University campus, the study said.
A soldier said that their action had nothing to do with the government of Hong Kong.
“This is what we started! Stopping violence and stopping chaos is our duty,” he said, referencing a phrase coined by President Xi Jinping.
Firefighters and police officers joined the troops as well.