More than 12,000 police officers assembled in Shenzhen in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Tuesday for a drill that included anti-riot measures similar to those seen on the streets of Hong Kong. The drill was part of security preparations for the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, Shenzhen police said on the force’s Weibo newsfeed. “A drill will be held to increase troop morale, practise and prepare for the security of celebrations [and] maintain national political security and social stability,” police said. China mobilises 190,000 police officers to prepare for 70th anniversary celebrations In live videos of the police drills shown on the Yizhibo network, officers in body armour, helmets and shields confronted groups of people in black shirts and red or yellow construction safety helmets – similar to those worn by Hong Kong protesters – who were holding flags, banners, batons and wooden boards. Shenzhen #police drill attracted unusual attention as it features scenarios that resemble the ongoing riots in #HongKong . #香港 https://t.co/0HzpBmpLpp (Video: Shenzhen News Radio) pic.twitter.com/1pIH9ABWlO — Global Times (@globaltimesnews) August 6, 2019 <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> One of the banners read “return my hard-earned money” – a slogan often used by migrant workers in protest against unpaid salaries. “The practice is complete with mature anti-mob tactics. The police forces can present an anti-mob formation, which is flexible, suitable for different situations, with accurate aim and effective control,” a narrator said during the live broadcast. As the drill escalated and more “rioters” were deployed, police fired tear gas and smoke covered the training ground. A few minutes later, the rioters fired home-made gas bombs then set bogies alight and drove them at the police lines. The officers changed formations and pressed the rioters, making arrests. Police handlers and their dogs were also on the scene. Other drills included anti-smuggling and search-and-rescue exercises involving personnel from the People’s Liberation Army. The drill was presented as preparation for the 70th anniversary celebrations but it came amid continued violence in the streets of Hong Kong and two incidents of the Chinese national flag being thrown into Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong has been engulfed for two months in turmoil stemming from opposition to the now-suspended extradition bill. “Is this hinting at Hong Kong?” asked a commenter on the Shenzhen police thread on Weibo. “We are doing drills today, and they can enter into real practice in Hong Kong in the future. We can send thousands of anti-mob squads over and strike hard at the radical traitors, those Hong Kong independence supporters,” another user said. Hong Kong being dragged down ‘path of no return’ says Carrie Lam Since protests escalated in Hong Kong, Beijing has reiterated its “unflagging support” for embattled Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and her administration to take lawful action to restore order, and warned that the city was entering “a most dangerous phase” with violence on the streets.