Protesters in Hong Kong banned from wearing masks. For violation — year in prison

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The authorities so far refuse to introduce a state of emergency in the city.

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The head of the Hong Kong administration, Carrie Lam, has banned anti-government protesters from hiding their identities with masks. The decision will enter into force on Saturday, October 5, clarifies the Associated Press.

This is the first major legislative change in security since the 1967 riots. Lam decided without the approval of the city’s legislature.

Lam said she is not introducing a state of emergency in Hong Kong, but the city is facing “very serious danger” after violence during a mass protest on Tuesday. She promised that the government will issue a ban on masks in the form of a bill when the Legislative Council resumes work on October 16.

According to Security Minister John Lee Ka-Chiu, violating the ban on masks threatens to imprison for up to a year or a fine. He specified that protesters will also be forbidden to paint faces to hide their identities.


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