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Hong Kong Invokes Rare Emergency Powers, Sparking Fresh Protests

  • ‘The violence is destroying Hong Kong,’ Carrie Lam says
  • Pro-democracy protesters hit streets, vow to fight ban
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Lam defends the ban on masks, saying that when public order is in danger, the executive must act.Source: Bloomberg
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Hong Kong invoked emergency powers for the first time in more than half a century to ban face masks for protesters after months of unrest, prompting demonstrators to occupy downtown streets.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Friday the move was necessary to stem increased violence in recent weeks, including attacks by protesters using petrol bombs, corrosive liquids and other weapons. The prohibition on face masks will deter violence and help police enforce the law, she said, adding that the measure didn’t mean Hong Kong was under a state of emergency.