Amnesty International has criticised the use of the “electric shock capturing fork” against protesters

Source: Kelly-Ann Mills

Chinese riot police have been seen training with terrifying giant fork devices aimed at controlling rioters by pinning them to the ground.

It is believed that some of the crowd control devices are capable of emitting electric shocks in a bid to neutralise any perceived threat.

The 8ft poles with U-shaped prongs on the top are being used by both police and armed forces in practice drills as they prepare to enter Hong Kong.

Rising tensions in the area have seen thousands of Hong Kong protesters take over the city’s airport.

The crowd control exercises took place in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong (Image: REUTERS)
Officers practised arresting troublemakers (Image: REUTERS)
The servicemen were using crowd control tools (Image: REUTERS)

The protesters, who have five demands, even stopped planes arriving or departing for an entire day.

The unrest, now in its 10th week, shows no sign of easing – and there were ugly scenes as riot police clashed with the crowds earlier this week.

In an emotional appeal, Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam begged thousands of anti-government activists ­occupying the airport to leave after flights were seriously disrupted for a second day.

Hundreds of members of China’s paramilitary forces conducted exercises at a sports stadium amid fears they could be sent to Hong Kong to break up the protests.

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