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Screenshot of the Chinese Army's propaganda video in Hong Kong. © China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison / AFP

Since the surrender of the former British colony in 1997, several thousand Chinese soldiers have been based in Hong Kong. Men who can intervene at any time, if the local government of Hong Kong makes the request. But the international financial center has been shaken for eight weeks by demonstrations.

Elite soldiers advance by shooting in narrow streets. Troops carry a red flag with this threat: " No more advance or we charge ." Anti-riot exercises where we even see tanks and missile launchers ... The Chinese army has broadcast a video, staged worthy of a war movie, warning protesters in Hong Kong. And the message is crystal clear: the People's Liberation Army stands ready to intervene to bring order back to the megalopolis.

This message, the commander of the garrison based in Hong Kong also repeated on the occasion of the 92nd anniversary of the Chinese army, in a less martial tone: the incidents of extreme violence " should not be tolerated , he said, we are determined to protect the national sovereignty, security, stability and prosperity of Hong Kong . "

A rare statement, supposed to deter young Hong Kong rebels to cross the red line imposed by Beijing.

PLA #HongKong Garrison shows its commitment to the country's sovereignty and security, as well as Hong Kong's prosperity and stability through a video released on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/GlOI9K56Yw

China News 中国 新闻 网 (@Echinanews) August 1, 2019