MASQUERADE PROTESTS CAME IN RESPONSE TO THE MASK BAN IN HONG KONG




Selin ATAY-TDO-Protests continue in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region following the mask ban imposed by the administration on Friday.

Mask-wearing activists had also earlier called on others to wear masks in defiance of the government. After the ban, tens of thousands of people, mostly masked, who filled Hong Kong's streets, marched with slogans of "wearing a mask is not a crime."

Protests erupted immediately after the ban was announced. Many left work early to join the spontaneous demonstrations. Some furious protesters blocked roads, torched Chinese flags and vandalised stations and businesses, as police fired rounds of tear gas.

Patricia Anyeung, one of those who joined the protest by chanting slogans, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam had no right to impose every ban to city she wants.

A police officer, who did not want to be named, said several people were detained for violating the ban, which imposed a year in prison and a fine for wearing masks at illegal and legal gatherings during protests.


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