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LIVE: Hong Kong protesters march against mask ban

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Hong Kong protesters are set to march through the streets of Hong Kong Island on Sunday, October 6 against an emergency law banning face masks being worn at public gatherings.

On Friday, October 4, an Emergency Regulations Ordinance law was used to implement a ban on face masks at public gatherings in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said during a presser that the prohibition will provide a “deterrent effect,” and is intended to stop violent acts occurring during protests.

Hong Kong has been rocked by demonstrations sparked by a now-withdrawn extradition bill since March. The demonstrations have since evolved into a movement with a wider range of grievances.

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