Hong Kong crisis: riot police flood city as China protests build


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Thousands of armed police have flooded the streets of Hong Kong in an unprecedented show of force to prevent protests against a law criminalising ridicule of China’s national anthem.

In the morning rush hour police in riot gear stopped and searched mainly young people outside Hong Kong’s MTR train stations, and lined walkways as commuters shuffled past, prompting accusations on social media that the city had become “a police state”.

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