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Hong Kong protest leaders called for a run on the banks Friday in a change of tactics after 10 weeks of street protests turned increasingly violent.
Following the shut-down of the city's airport, during which activists and police were involved in clashes, Andy Chan Ho-tin - former convener of the Hong Kong National Party - called for demonstrators to withdraw cash from ATMs en masse on Friday.
Haotian - Banks - Banks - Institutions - Money
Haotian said Chinese banks should be prioritised but all banks should be targeted, otherwise Chinese institutions will simply borrow money to alleviate the problem.
Meanwhile People's Liberation Army units were seen rehearsing for a crackdown on protesters just across the border at Shenzhen Bay.
Soldiers - Riot - Shields - Batons - Mock
Soldiers armed with riot shields and batons could be seen tackling mock demonstrators, handcuffing them and leading them away in a taste of what could be to come for the people of Hong Kong.
Beijing has ramped up its rhetoric against the pro-democracy activists in recent days, describing some of their actions as 'terrorist-like'.
Government - Descends - Chaos - Fears - Tiananmen
The government has repeatedly warned that it will not 'sit idly by' while the city-state descends into chaos, raising fears of another Tiananmen Square-style massacre.
The nationalistic Global Times newspaper said there would not be a repeat of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, in which hundreds - or even thousands - are believed to have been killed, if Beijing moves to quash the protests.
Incident - Hong - Kong - Repeat - June
'The incident in Hong Kong won't be a repeat of the June 4th political incident in 1989,' it said, insisting the country now had more sophisticated approaches.
It was a rare reference to the bloody events, which are taboo in China.
Hong - Kong - Protests - Opposition - Plan
Hong Kong's protests were sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland, but have since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city.
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