Published On: Sat, Oct 5th, 2019

Hong Kong chaos: Protestors and police clash as emergency laws come into force | World | News

Damning images show hundreds of riot police in vans clashing with protesters who continue to defy the ban on masks. A mass display of protesters in one image shows them taking to the streets wearing a variety of masks including surgical ones to prevent the breathing in of pollution while using their phones to light up the region in a show of unity against citizens being tried for crimes in communist China. In other pictures protesters are seen waving UK and US flags as they continue to fight against the controversial ruling.

Pictures also showing Hong Kong having been graffitied, trashed and defaced have sent shockwaves across the world.

Subways have been scrawled over, buildings and shops have been broken into and huge makeshift flags have been erected across store fronts and government buildings.

One image inside a Bank of China building shows a line of cash machines that have all had their screens smashed.

Transport has today been completely paralysed as a result of the furious clashes.

MTR Copr said its network, which carried about five million passengers each day, would remain suspended through Saturday.

It said in a statement: “As we are no longer in a position to provide safe and reliable service to passengers in the circumstances, the corporation had no choice but to make the decision to suspend the service of its entire network.”

Yesterday saw the introduction of draconian law forbidding the use of face masks by Carrie Lam, Hong Kong leader.

She passed the Emergency Regulations Ordinance in a bid to quell pro-democracy protesters.

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“Suppression has begun, and there are no more considerations for reconciliation.”

The face mask ban comes after an escalation of violence at the beginning of the week, which saw a 14-year-old shot in the leg.

The teenager was reportedly shot by police during the protests, and he remains in a serious condition at Tuen Man hospital.

Ms Lam said “extreme violence” justified her tough stance, which saw the leader invoke emergency powers for the first time in half a century.

She said: “The radical behaviour of rioters took Hong Kong through a very dark night [on Friday], leaving society today half-paralysed.

“The extreme violence clearly illustrated that Hong Kong’s public safety is widely endangered.

“That’s the concrete reason that we had to invoke emergency law yesterday to introduce the anti-mask law.”

Anonymity has become a central part of the movement, which first began in opposition to a bill that would allow extradition to mainland China.

The law has since been withdrawn from the legislature but the protests have snowballed into a broader pro-democracy movement.

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