Chinese soldiers leave Hong Kong barracks in rare clean-up cameo

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Published November 16, 2019, 10:30 PM

By Agence France-Presse

Soldiers from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army briefly left their Hong Kong barracks on Saturday to help the clean-up after a week of disruption caused by pro-democracy protests, a rare and highly symbolic troop movement unsolicited by the city’s embattled government.

The Cross Harbour Tunnel has been blocked since Tuesday (AFP Photo/Philip FONG)

The action saw scores of soldiers from the garrison, which is confined to the barracks under Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, with crewcuts and identical gym kits conduct a lightning-quick removal of bricks and debris near their base.

Chinese state media has repeatedly warned that troops could be deployed to quell an unprecedented crisis in the semi-autonomous city that has entered its sixth month.

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