China deploys troops to Hong Kong as the ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations continue to plague the area.
The Chinese military deployed the troops Thursday saying it was a routine rotation, the 22nd to be exact, sparking fears of military intervention within the civil unrest.
A Chinese military official weighed in on the deployment warning the protesters must abide by Hong Kong law during the demonstrations.
This move comes just days after Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam denied having lost control despite ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations which turned violent again last weekend.
Lam made those remarks Tuesday saying, “I wouldn’t say that my government has lost control. Day in and day out, we are not only supporting the law enforcement bodies, we are also acting responsibly to deal with other issues that have arisen.”
She went on to reaffirm her commitment to her role in leading Hong Kong, despite heightened calls for her resignation.
The protests first erupted back in June over an extradition bill that would have sent suspects to China for trial.
Protestors claim they were worried those suspects would be subject to torture and may not receive fair trials.
Thousands have taken to the streets since, calling for Lam’s resignation and probes into alleged police brutality.
The protests started out as peaceful and eventually escalated into violent clashes between protestors and law enforcement.
In response, Lam eventually suspended the extradition legislation back in July hoping the protests would subside.
Lam’s remarks come just weeks after hundreds of demonstrators flooded the main terminal at the Hong Kong International Airport prompting hundreds of flight cancellations.
The airport was closed for two days amid the civil unrest, which the Chinese government has suggested could be categorized as a form of terrorism.