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Hong Kong protests

Chinese soldiers step onto Hong Kong streets in 'voluntary' cleanup

City government says it did not request PLA assistance clearing blocked roads

HONG KONG -- Chinese soldiers ventured outside the People's Liberation Army garrison here to help residents clear streets blockaded by anti-government protesters, in what authorities described as volunteer activity.

The rare appearance by PLA troops on Hong Kong streets, albeit dressed in T-shirts and shorts rather than uniforms, came amid escalating violence in the monthslong unrest in the city.

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