November 16, 2019 / 3:53 PM / a month ago

Road clearing in Hong Kong 'voluntary' move by Chinese PLA - city spokesman

SEOUL (Reuters) - A move by China’s People’s Liberation Army to clear debris and barricades left by anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday was initiated as a “voluntary community activity” by the military, a city spokesman said.

The spokesman said the city government did not request assistance from the PLA, which has stayed confined to its garrison during months of protests that have gripped Hong Kong.

Reporting by Josh Smith; editing by David Evans

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