China sent soldiers to Hong Kong protest sites—with brooms and buckets

Nov 16, 2019 - Quartz

As China attempts to stamp out Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, demonstrators have endured tear-gassings and beatings from riot police. There have even been a few deaths during the violent clashes. But one of the most intimidating sights came this weekend: soldiers from mainland China on the streets, dressed in shorts and t-shirts—and armed with brooms.

Video from Channel News Asia, a Singaporean outlet, shows dozens of young men from the People’s Liberation Army clearing the stre...