By Luke Andrews For Mailonline
Published: 18:39 BST, 16 August 2019 | Updated: 18:39 BST, 16 August 2019
Chinese security forces have been seen preparing to use terrifying giant forks, that can give dangerous electric shocks, on Hong Kong protesters.
Police and soldiers were photographed practising for a crowd control exercise with the weapons at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre in Shenzhen, just 4.5 miles from the border.
The city is bracing for another weekend of rallies with up to a million activists on the streets, after activists closed the international airport, disrupting traffic in the global financial hub.
Chinese servicemen attend a crowd control exercise at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong. One of the soldiers is carrying a huge electrified fork to be used in crowd control
Chinese military this week declared it would take them just 10 minutes to reach Hong Kong
Images showing soldiers and armoured officers carrying the eight-foot forks have been released by Chinese state media.
One soldier was seen brandishing the fork while several members of the police while, in a second image, they were seen using it against a mock protester.
Amnesty International has warned against using the weapons which can result in 'intense, both localised and general, pain but not incapacitation of the subject'.
Explaining potential damage from the weapon, they said injuries could include burns, puncture wounds and welts.
'Because of their nature