China conducts massive land, sea and air military drill amid Hong Kong protests – VIDEO


The massive land, sea and air forces conducted the live ammunition military exercise as thousands of protestors continue to challenge the city’s Beijing-backed government. Images and video footage of the demonstration included search and rescue drills in waters, marching formations, close quarter combat and live fire exercise with assault rifles and machine guns. The military exercise reportedly took place last Wednesday.

An estimated 6,000 PLA troops are stationed in the former British colony, but they generally keep a low profile and are rarely seen in uniform in public.

The PLA said the exercise was geared towards enhancing the combat-readiness and emergency response capabilities of the Hong Kong-based troops, according to CCTV.

The open house comes amid weeks of protests in Hong Kong against controversial legislation that would allow extraditions to mainland China.

China on Tuesday condemned violent protests in Hong Kong as an “undisguised challenge” to the formula under which the city is ruled, hours after police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who stormed and trashed the legislature.

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