Highway clearing in Hong Kong ‘voluntary’ transfer by Chinese language PLA: metropolis spokesman

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Folks’s Liberation Military (PLA) troops in t-shirts and khaki trousers clear and repair an armoured personnel service within the Tam Mei barracks in Hong Kong’s northern New Territories, China November 16, 2019. Information/James Pomfret

HONG KONG (Information) – A transfer by China’s Folks’s Liberation Military to clear particles and barricades left by anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday was initiated as a “voluntary group exercise” by the army, a metropolis spokesman stated.

The spokesman stated the town authorities didn’t request help from the PLA, which has stayed confined to its garrison throughout months of protests which have gripped Hong Kong.

(The story adjustments dateline to HONG KONG.)

Reporting by Josh Smith; enhancing by David Evans