Hong Kong: Face mask ban prompts thousands to protest

Thousands have taken half in unplanned protests in Hong Kong after the territory’s authorities introduced a face mask ban, which got here into impact at midnight (16:00 GMT).

Chief government Carrie Lam invoked a colonial-era emergency legislation in a bid to quell months of anti-government unrest.

The ban comes after an escalation of violence throughout protests on 1 October, when an officer shot a demonstrator.

Reports on Friday stated a 14-year-old had been shot within the leg.

He is reportedly being handled at Tuen Mun hospital and is in a critical situation.

A police statement published by the South China Morning Post confirmed an officer “fired one shot as his life was beneath critical risk” after being attacked by a big group of protesters, together with with petrol bombs. The assertion doesn’t nevertheless say if anybody was hit.

The demonstrations have now died down all through many of the territory, though there are nonetheless pockets of unrest.

Protests erupted instantly after the ban was introduced.

Many left work early to be part of the spontaneous demonstrations. Some livid protesters blocked roads, torched Chinese flags and vandalised stations and companies, as police fired rounds of tear gasoline.

On Friday, the territory’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) introduced a full service suspension of all trains, which is able to proceed all through Saturday.

A spokesman instructed the BBC this was due to vandalism and assaults on employees. Images confirmed fires lit at stations, and studies recommend a prepare was set ablaze.

Many Hong Kongers have been pressured to stroll residence amid the unrest.

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