In Hong Kong: No Celebration, 'Only a National Tragedy'

In Hong Kong: No Celebration, 'Only a National Tragedy'

In Hong Kong: No Celebration, 'Only a National Tragedy'

Area media documented that Main Executive Carrie Lam will maintain a unique Government Council meeting on Friday to examine a ban on masks, which have assisted protesters hide their identities, and other tough steps underneath a colonial-period emergency regulation.

While this new law was withdrawn in July of this year, anti-communist and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have nevertheless continued every weekend.

Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing will donate HK$1 billion (RM533.6 million) to support local small and medium sized businesses, his foundation said today, a move that comes as the city's economy has been roiled by pro-democracy protests.

"We strongly condemn the abuse of energy by the authorities and the police".

Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam on Friday invoked colonial-era emergency powers for the first time in more than 50 years in a dramatic move meant to quell escalating violence in the Chinese-ruled city.

After the law was announced at 3pm, hundreds wearing medical masks gathered in Central again and blocked Connaught Road Central near Exchange Square.

Activists and many legislators have warned the mask ban could be counterproductive, impractical and hard to enforce in a city bubbling with anger and where tens of thousands have often defied police bans on rallies. In recent weeks, the demonstrations have taken on a broader - and increasingly violent - anti-China sentiment.

Mask-wearing activists marched on Friday afternoon - as the ban was being announced - and called on others to also wear masks in defiance of the government.

Women react as anti-government protesters get ready to block a metro station exit during a march in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. They also opened umbrellas to form a tunnel outside the court to shield the identity of other arrested protesters who appeared in court. "The government is trying to intimidate us but at this moment, I don't think the people will be scared", he said.

First passed by the British government in 1922 to quell a seamen's strike in Hong Kong's harbor, the law was last used by the colonial administration to help put down riots that rocked the trading hub in 1967. "When facing such a series of massive rioting incidents, we can not work alone - clapping only with one hand - without appropriate measures and support from top level", Lam said.

The laws will grant Ms Lam the authority to "make any regulations whatsoever which he [or she] may consider desirable in the public interest" in case of "emergency or public danger".

Law enforcement associations and some pro-Beijing groups have named for more durable steps.

Born after the historic July 1 day when Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997, the 18-year-old protester who was shot at close range in the chest by a police officer during violent demonstrations this week and then arrested in the hospital is part of a generation for whom the clock is ticking.

Tensions in Hong Kong, the Republic of China's special administrative region, shot up in early June this year after their government proposed a new law that would extradite Hong Kong to the Chinese Mainland.

She said several countries had enacted similar anti-mask laws and Hong Kong should introduce the ban to quash violence, which has "seriously disrupted people's livelihood and economic development".

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