China’s army may enter Hong Kong to ‘quell’ pro-democracy protests

China’s military forces will move in to “quell” the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong if the situation deteriorates. Hong Kong has been the scene of increasingly violent demonstrations, which have disrupted everyday life in the city and led to multiple closures of its international airport. The rallies began in June as protests against a now-suspended bill that would allow people suspected of a crime to be extradited to mainland China for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts but now encompass broader calls for democracy in Hong Kong and for Ms Lam to step down as chief executive. Members of China’s paramilitary forces have been seen training across the border in Shenzhen, fuelling speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests.