Chinese military gathering near Hong Kong border as protests continue

Protesters shut down departing flights at Hong Kong’s international airport for a second day Tuesday, in the face of Chinese propaganda outlets warning they were “asking for self-destruction.”

CNBC reports that photos of massive military hardware amassing near the city of Shenzhen on the Hong Kong border were spread through China’s state-run media, presumably to send a warning to protesters.

Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, warned activists that “lawbreaking activities in the name of freedom” wouldn’t be tolerated and that protesters were pushing the territory into “an abyss.”

China’s official communist party newspaper, The People’s Daily, ran a statement saying the People’s Armed Police are amassing to handle “riots, disturbance, major violence, and crime- and terrorism-related social security issues.”