(From AFP)

Paving stones in central Hong Kong have been glued down to prevent protesters using them as missiles, as authorities roll out elaborate security measures ahead of a high-level Chinese visit that could stoke resentment over mainland rule.

Hong Kong has glued the pavements and put up barricades ahead of top Chinese official Zhang Dejiang’s visit

The measures, which include barricades in central Hong Kong, come as Beijing tightens its grip on the semi-autonomous city where a fledgling independence movement in recent months has angered China.

Running battles with police in February, which included “localist” protesters in favor of more autonomy for Hong Kong, saw demonstrators dig up bricks from the street and throw them at officers.

Glue has been poured into the cracks between paving stones around the harbourfront convention center where Zhang Dejiang, who chairs China’s communist-controlled legislature, will speak at an economic conference on Wednesday.

Explaining the decision to glue the pavement, Hong Kong’s highways department said they might be “subject to vandalism”. Read More

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