October 6, 2019 / 12:17 PM / 2 months ago

China's military warns protesters they may be arrested for targeting Hong Kong barracks with laser light

An anti-government protester walks past a burning barrier outside Mongkok MTR station during a demonstration following a government's ban on face masks under emergency law, in Hong Kong, China October 6, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China’s Hong Kong military garrison warned protesters on Sunday they could be arrested for targeting its barracks in the city with laser lights.

In the first direct interaction between the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and protesters, the PLA raised a yellow flag with the arrest warning written in large letters, said a Reuters witness.

As a few hundred protesters shone laser lights on the barrack walls, troops in fatigues on the roof of the building shone spotlights at protesters and used binoculars and cameras to monitor protesters.

Reporting by Michael Perry; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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