by John Garnaut, Sydney Morning Herald:
Police are prepared to use escalating levels of force to dislodge tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors from the central business district of Hong Kong, says the son of a former senior official.
Bao Pu, who has lived in Hong Kong since his father was deposed from power during the Tiananmen protests of 1989, said Beijing authorities would leave the People’s Liberation Army and paramilitary forces in their barracks because they were confident that police were sufficiently loyal to do whatever was necessary to assert control.
I was told the Hong Kong police have been training to expect a staggering number of arrests and that they have all sorts of plans to put down the civil disobedience,” said Mr Bao, in a phone interview from Hong Kong, citing discussions with senior officers.
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