The Hong Kong police deployed tear gas against a group of protesters on Monday. The campaigners again do not adhere to a ban on face covering set on Saturday. Two people have been arrested so far because they did not comply with this measure.
Carrie Lam, the highest governor of the Chinese autonomous region, hopes that the ban will end the ongoing chaos in the city. But since the introduction, the ban has been ignored by many protesters.
Also on Monday demonstrators went masked on the street. According to the police, demonstrators have erected blockades and vandalized buildings in several places. At the Prince Edward metro station, where several hundred demonstrators had gathered, tear gas was used.
According to Hong Kong Free Press , two people were arrested on Saturday for violating the mask ban, to which exceptions only apply if there is a religious, work-related or medical reason. The two were released on bail on Monday, according to the local news site.
For violations of the prohibition, they can be fined up to a maximum of 2,900 euros. They also risk a jail term of one year. How the ban will be enforced is not entirely clear. However, last week the authorities announced that the police may ask people to remove their face covers.
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A lot of anger about using violence
The ongoing protests regularly end in fierce confrontations with the police. Both parties accuse each other of using excessive force. Last week protesters of fourteen and eighteen were shot for the first time. According to the police, the agents involved acted in self-defense after being attacked themselves.
There are many young people among the demonstrators. The authorities have asked high schools to indicate how many students wear masks during school hours on Tuesday, reports Hong Kong Free Press . The schools are closed on Monday due to a national holiday. It was previously known that wearing face cover is also not permitted at educational institutions.
Hong Kongers have been taking to the streets since the beginning of June to protest. First only because of a withdrawn extradition bill. Now they demand more democracy, investigation into police violence, withdrawal of charges against protesters and withdrawal of the word "rioters" regarding the demonstrators.
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