Transcript for Thousands of people in Hong Kong out on the streets calling for changes
major protests as Chinese paramilitary hold anti-riot drills nearby. ABC's senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell is in Hong Kong with the very latest. Ian, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, whit. A rapidly developing situation. Earlier in the day thousands of people took to the streets in a peaceful March. In the last hour they surrounded this police station. The riot police have come out. They have their shields there. We saw more police go down the side. The protesters were gathered on the other side of the street. They've gone running away. Just a reminder this protest movement is about trying to get more democracy in the system in Hong Kong. The Chinese government threatened if the government here can't deal with the situation, then they will. Whit? Ian, there have been signs of how China may take control if it comes to that. Reporter: Yeah, absolutely right. It's less than 20 miles from here, just across the border, is main land China. Sorry. Riot police are moving down the street there. What happened there is Chinese paramilitary police have been amassing. We've seen armored vehicles. This movement isn't the first time we've seen this. Something similar happened in 2014. This time around the slogan is they won't back down. Ian, thank you. Dan, over to you. Situational with global implications. We turn to president trump racheting up his attacks on a
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