Chinese military vehicles are reported gathering in Shenzhen this week, a city in mainland China bordering Hong Kong — another warning sign from China in response to over 10 weeks of escalating protests in Hong Kong.
Many videos have been posted to media showing long processions of military personnel carriers and trucks entering Shenzhen assembling there apparently preparing for a comprehensive military operation.
Also, military vehicles were seen entering the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center, a large stadium located just 3 miles from the entrance to the Shenzhen Bay Bridge, which connects the city to Hong Kong.
It also had been reported previously that 12,000 police officers, tanks, helicopters, and amphibious vehicles had gathered in Shenzhen on August 6 for what appeared to be anti-riot drills.
China is conveying a message that their military is preparing for rolling down the streets of Hong Kong if the protests and riots do not stop there.
This is after huge crowds in the thousands have been gathering in the streets of Hong Kong for nearly three months of protests of which a growing number have turned violent.
Including at the Hong Kong airport recently, a major Asian hub, where protests held there basically caused the airport to shutdown for two straight days of service disruption.
As the embattled local leader of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam has warned that the city is risking sliding into the “abyss” of chaos.
What initially started as a protest against a proposed bill that would allow for the extradition of Hong Kong residents to mainland China for trial, has ballooned into a fight to uphold democracy in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
As protesters now have a list of demands including investigations into police tactics and abuse, and a direct vote to replace Lam, who has resisted calls to resign.
U.S. President Trump said today that reports from U.S. intelligence agencies show the Chinese government is moving troops to its border with Hong Kong.
And amid the ongoing unrest, Chinese officials are rejecting US requests for US Navy ships to make port visits there in the coming weeks as they have in the past.
Chinese officials have been accusing the US and other foreign governments of having a role in backing the pro-democracy protests that have been roiling Hong Kong.