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Anti-Mask Law Used by Hong Kong Authorities to Suppress Protesters Ruled Illegal by High Court

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An anti-government protester wearing a mask attends a lunch time protest, after local media reported on an expected ban on face masks under emergency law, at Central, in Hong Kong on Oct. 4, 2019. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

An anti-government protester wearing a mask attends a lunch time protest, after local media reported on an expected ban on face masks under emergency law, at Central, in Hong Kong on Oct. 4, 2019. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

A controversial anti-mask law in Hong Kong put in place by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam in early October has been declared unconstitutional by the citys high court.

Judges ruled that the governments blanket ban, which targeted pro-democracy protesters, was “incompatible with the Basic Law” of the semi-autonomous Chinese port city.

A group of 25 pan-democrat lawmakers had challenged the legal ordinances, which went into effect on Oct. 5 after Lam invoked a colonial-era emergency law in the wake of intense protests following the shooting of two teens by Hong Kong police.

On Nov. 18, justices Anderson Chow Ka-ming and Godfrey Lam Wan-ho ruled that the mask ban was unconstitutional because it had bypassed Hong Kongs Legislative Council.

Protesters in Hong Kong, who originally opposed a now-withdrawn extradition bill, have since mid-summer called upon the government to accede to five major demands, including the right to general suffrage.

The “Prohibition On Face Covering Regulation” was passed via special legislation on the basis of the “Emergency Ordinance,” a law from the era of British colonial rule. The Hong Kong government, under Lams leadership, had justified the ban as necessaryRead More – Source