This week's satellite images seem to capture more than 500 Chinese military vehicles in and around a soccer stadium near the border with Hong Kong in what many believe to be the response. days of violent protests that have disrupted operations at one of the most powerful international airports in the world.
Images, taken by Maxar's WorldView Monday, appear to show hundreds of military vehicles lined up at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center across the harbor from Hong Kong, where months Protests have reached a peak this week after thousands of demonstrators close all flights to Hong Kong International Airport.
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China's state media disputes claims that the government had moved vehicles as in response to the protests, it is said that the exercises have been. initially planned and not directly related to the Hong Kong riots. It comes despite Beijing saying protests are starting to show "the buds of terrorism."
Reports spread that China is believed to have sent officials to bolster Hong Kong's police rank and may have planted decoys among protesters to encourage more violent acts which would eventually bring back ordinary residents against the movement.
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A statement from the airport management stated that it had designated an airport to be set aside for demonstrations, but no protest was allowed outside of the designated area.
For more than two months, Hong Kong has experienced mass protests that encourage democratic reforms and an investigation into police practice. The closure of one of the world's top airport lawyers added to what authorities say is a major blow to the crucial financial tourism industry.
Protesters demand that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam step down and pull legislation that will allow the government to extradite people to mainland China, where they are likely to face torture or unfairness , charged with politics. Recent demonstrations have called for an independent inquiry into city police and its alleged abuse of power.
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Beijing is reluctant to act out of fear of its reputation effects Hong Kong has a separate and safe haven to invest 22 years after former British colony was given to China.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.