For China’s National Day, Hong Kong deploys 8,000 police officers to the streets

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On this year’s National Day celebrations, Hong Kong will have more police on the streets than it had during the same holiday two years ago, demonstrating the authorities’ laser focus on eradicating any hint of dissent in the financial metropolis.
According to local media source HK01 and others, the city’s police department would deploy more than 8,000 policemen on Thursday (Sept 30) and Friday, including counter-terrorism experts, elite Special Tactical Squad “raptors,” and plainclothes cops.
That’s more than the 6,000 people who took to the streets over the 2019 Christmas season when the city was shaken by sometimes violent protests.
Areas in the Wan Chai neighborhood will be cordoned off. Top officials will perform an annual flag-raising ceremony and where Chief Executive Carrie Lam is anticipated to deliver a speech.
A request for a response from the Hong Kong police and administration was not immediately returned.
The heavy police presence comes as mainland leaders stress the significance of the former British colony’s restoration to normalcy following the anti-government demonstrations in 2019.
In June of last year, Beijing responded to the upheaval by implementing a national security law on Hong Kong, including life penalties for secession, subversion, terrorism, and collaborating with foreign forces.
After a lone-wolf assailant stabbed a police officer on Jul 1, an annual holiday commemorating the day Hong Kong was returned to Chinese sovereignty from Britain in 1997, officials have been on the lookout for signs of unrest or terrorism.
When an elite group voted for the committee that will choose the mayor next year, some 6,000 police officers were deployed earlier this month. Last year’s National Day, which is observed on Oct 1, saw almost 6,000 police deployed.

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