Hong Kong protests: China military breaks silence to warn unrest should not be tolerated

Chinese military garrison chief in Hong Kong says army is determined to protect China’s sovereignty, stoking fears of intervention

The head of the Chinese army in Hong Kong has spoken on the protests for the first time, saying the unrest has “seriously threatened the life and safety” of the people and should not be tolerated.

The commander of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison in Hong Kong warned it was “determined to protect national sovereignty, security, stability and the prosperity of Hong Kong”.

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