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AP Photos: Hong Kong bans protesters from wearing masks

October 5, 2019
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A protester wears a mask and holds up his hand as he occupied a road in Hong Kong Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters marched in the city center ahead of reported plans by the city's embattled leader to deploy emergency powers to ban people from wearing masks in a bid to quash four months of anti-government demonstrations. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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A protester wears a mask and holds up his hand as he occupied a road in Hong Kong Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters marched in the city center ahead of reported plans by the city's embattled leader to deploy emergency powers to ban people from wearing masks in a bid to quash four months of anti-government demonstrations. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

HONG KONG (AP) — After months of pro-democracy protests that have often turned violent, Hong Kong’s government announced it is invoking emergency powers to ban masks from street demonstrations.

Immediately defying the ban that took force Saturday, thousands of protesters crammed streets in the central business district on Friday evening shouting “Hong Kong, resist.”

The ban applies to all public gatherings, both unauthorized and those approved by police. The ban makes the wearing of full or partial face coverings, including face paint, at public gatherings punishable by one year in jail.