Satellite photos show what appear to be armored personnel carriers and other military vehicles parked in a sports complex in Shenzhen, China. The purported gathering of China's paramilitary People's Armed Police near the Hong Kong border has been interpreted by some as a threat from Beijing amid escalating tensions between China and anti-government, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Chinese state media has said the Shenzhen exercises were not related to the demonstrations and were planned prior to increased violence in Hong Kong and the protesters' occupation of the city's airports, which disrupted the transportation hub's operations before flights resumed Wednesday. However, Beijing has continued to ramp up its rhetoric against the protesters, calling actions at the rallies "sprouts of terrorism."

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