Hong Kong Police Deploy Anti-Riot Armored Trucks Fitted With ‘Sonic Cannons’

A woman uses a laser pointer beam on policemen as they face off at Sham Shui Po district in Hong Kong Aug 7 2019

A woman uses a laser pointer beam on policemen as they face off at Sham Shui Po district in Hong Kong Aug 7 2019

The Hong Kong office of China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday slammed United States politicians for supporting "radical rioters" and interfering in the internal affairs of the Asian financial hub.

Hong Kong has witnessed almost two months of sometimes violent protests against a now suspended extradition bill that would have allowed suspects to be tried in China.

On Thursday, the Chinese foreign ministry's office in Hong Kong issued a formal protest over a reported meeting between USA consular officials in the city and opposition figures, including prominent activist Joshua Wong.

Al Jazeera's Rob McBride, reporting from Hong Kong, said the main worry among Hong Kong authorities is not the protest at the airport, but the other unauthorised demonstrations expected across the city throughout the day and the coming weekend.

An email attributed to a Hong Kong government spokesman conceded recent road blockages and confrontations between police and protesters had caused inconveniences, but said they were confined to limited areas.

In a statement Thursday, the ministry urged the diplomatic office to "immediately make a clean break with various anti-China rioters" and "stop interfering in Hong Kong's affairs immediately".

Hong Kong has seen months of sometimes violent protests that began with opposition to a now-suspended extradition law and which have evolved into a direct challenge to the government of embattled leader Carrie Lam and calls for full democracy.

The statement said the government and the travel industry were working to minimise disruptions and "all stand ready to welcome and assist visitors to Hong Kong any time". The extradition bill would have allowed defendants to be sent to the mainland for trial.

Despite the timing of the training and its similarity to riot control techniques now being used in neighboring Hong Kong, a Shenzhen police officer told the Global Times that the drills were meant to "maintain social stability, encourage the morale of police forces, and prepare the forces ahead of 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China".

"I think this is more important, because today it's Hong Kong and tomorrow it will be Taiwan", he said.

The Global Times, a Chinese tabloid published by the Communist Party's People's Daily, showed a video on its official Twitter feed of thousands of police officers taking part in an anti-riot training drill in Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.

Protests have become increasingly confrontational. He also called Eadeh "a subversion expert at the State Department".

"All we want is justice and all we want is consistency", said prominent lawyer Kevin Yam, who also protested. "We uphold the rule of law and we ask for justice". He said the central government must intervene if "turmoil" occurs in Hong Kong.

The Chinese regime and the Hong Kong administration have repeatedly asserted their support of how police have handled the protests.

Protesters gather at Po Tsui Park on Sunday.

Also, the timing and location of protests have been harder to predict as police and protesters escalate actions.

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