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Hong Kong: Thousands of masked protesters flood streets to denounce anti-mask law

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Thousands of masked protesters flooded the streets of Hong Kong on Friday after Chief Executive Carrie Lam officially enacted emergency law to ban masks at public gatherings. Protesters were filmed holding up their hands to represent their five demands to the government.
The announcement of the new measure was made on Friday during a press briefing by Lam, along with 16 members of her cabinet. The anti-mask law will be pushed through via the colonial-era Emergency Regulations Ordinance, is set to take effect at midnight on Friday, and bans protesters from covering their faces in full or partially during protests. Anyone who wears mask at unauthorised rallies, marches or riots could be sentenced to a year in jail and a fine of HK$25,000 (€2,900 / $3,200).
Hong Kong has been rocked by demonstrations sparked by a now-withdrawn extradition bill since March. Demonstrators are rallying around a variety of grievances including calls for an investigation into acts of police violence during the protests, as well as for Lam's resignation.
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