Hong Kong Halloween protests to test mask ban

Hong Kong Halloween protests to test mask ban

Hong Kong Halloween protests to test mask ban

Hong Kong protesters are calling for people to mark Halloween by wearing masks depicting government officials or scary characters.

Online forums used to organise the largely leaderless movement encouraged supporters to use a night when revellers traditionally embrace costumes to mock a recently enacted ban on face masks at protests.

Prince Edward station, on the bustling Kowloon peninsula, would be shut from 2 pm as protesters planned a vigil to mark two months since large clashes between police and protesters. As the Hong Kong dollar is linked to the greenback, the territory essentially imports United States monetary policy.

They also want to use the march to highlight the two-month anniversary of an incident that took place at Prince Edward MTR Station, where police officers were accused of indiscriminately beating up people during a dispersal operation, causing multiple injuries, on the night of August 31.

Police raised many blue warning banners reading "Disperse or we may use force", but it was not clear how the crowd could disperse in such a confined space.

But Halloween masks are not covered under the ban, which will make it hard for police to tell the difference between a protester and an ordinary reveler.

Hong Kong: Hong Kong has been plunged into recession amid pro-democracy protests and ongoing US-China trade war, according to reports.

Most weekends see hordes of revellers spilling out of the bars and clubs on to the streets in and around Lan Kwai Fong, which got going as an entertainment area in the late 1970s and early 1980s with clubs like "Disco Disco" and "Club '97", named after the year Hong Kong returned from British to Chinese rule. And that's a real recession, not just a technical one.

Hong Kong's economy only expanded modestly by 0.5 percent in the first half of 2019, marking the weakest economic performance since the recession in 2009, Lam noted. It aims to challenge the entire emergency law used by chief executive Carrie Lam.

It was last used in 1967 by the British to help suppress Maoist-backed leftist riots that raged for almost a year and killed some 50 people.

Critics said the move undermined the city's reputation for being a dependable business and legal hub at a time of growing concern over Beijing's control of the city.

The protests were initially sparked by a now-abandoned plan to allow extraditions to the authoritarian mainland.

Violent clashes have broken out between hardcore protesters throwing petrol bombs and bricks at police who are responding with ever increasing amounts of tear gas and rubber bullets.

It has been weighed down by increasingly violent anti-government protests and the protracted US-China trade war.

Hong Kong man wearing a mask of Chinese President Xi Jinping with others wearing Guy Fawkes masks in defiance of a government ban on face coverings. Once that is achieved, the HKSAR government will work with relevant organizations to carry out promotional work and other measures to rebuild worldwide confidence in Hong Kong, she said.

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