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Violent protests continue in Hong Kong after anti-mask law comes into effect

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October 7, 2019

Hong Kong’s anti-mask law incited another weekend of mass protests.

The city’s chief executive Carrie Lam invoked emergency powers on Friday that “aimed to deter people from joining these unlawful assembly and put an end to the violence,” a pro-establishment Hong Kong legislator, who approved of the new law, told CNBC on Monday.

“Apart (from) the anti-mask law, we also urge … the public to cut ties with the violence and of course, we urge this time everyone to calm down and step back and say ‘no’ to the violence,” said Holden Chow, vice chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB).

Despite the face mask ban, which took effect on Saturday, anti-government protesters came out in force on the weekend, many donning masks. Protesters often wear gas masks and other face coverings to protect themselves from tear gas fired by police, as well as from being identified.

“Almost all protesters who carry out vandalism and violence covered their face,” Lam said when she announced the face mask ban. “The purpose was to hide their identity and evade the law and they have become more and more daring.”

Still, some have questioned the validity of the anti-mask ban.

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This article was posted: Monday, October 7, 2019 at 6:01 am

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