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Hong Kong ‘did not request’ help of Chinese troops in clean-up: Gov

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Hong Kong did not ask for the help of Chinese troops who left their barracks on Saturday in a brief clean-up after a week of pro-democracy protests, a spokesman for the government of the semi-autonomous city said.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army garrison in Kowloon Tong “initiated by themselves” the clean-up, the spokesman said, as the local government “has not requested” their assistance.