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China’s army chief in Hong Kong says violent protest will not be tolerated

HONG KONG – The People’s Liberation Army chief in Hong Kong Major-General Chen Daoxiang made remarks with the city’s ongoing protest with the message that violence ‘should not be tolerated’.

Chen was speaking at a reception celebrating the 92nd anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

A propaganda video showing the Chinese army responding to protesters was posted yesterday on the garrison’s Weibo account and then widely shared by its netizens.

Lawmaker Junius Ho said Article 14 states that in an emergency and the police fail to maintain the order in Hong Kong, the PLA can intervene to maintain and stabilize the peace and order. The Hong Kong garrison has never been utilized under this law since Hong Kong’s return to China.

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