A protester sets a Bank of China branch in Tsuen Wan on fire during a rally against the government’s announcement of a ban on wearing masks at public assemblies in Hong Kong. Photo: Winson Wong

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam calls on public to condemn violence and rioters after ‘very dark night’ in city

  • In five-minute video released on Saturday afternoon, Lam defends decision to invoke colonial-era law for first time in more than half a century
  • Hong Kong remains in lockdown with MTR network still at standstill and shopping centres and banks all closed
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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A protester sets a Bank of China branch in Tsuen Wan on fire during a rally against the government’s announcement of a ban on wearing masks at public assemblies in Hong Kong. Photo: Winson Wong
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China’s Communist Party has spoken out in support of Hong Kong’s ban on the wearing of masks. Photo: Reuters

Beijing gives 10 reasons for supporting Carrie Lam’s ban on masks in Hong Kong

  • Ruling will help bring an end to the violence in the city and save young people from further harm, Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission says in a social media commentary
  • The anonymity masks have given student protesters has fooled them into thinking their violent acts are all part of a game, article says
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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China’s Communist Party has spoken out in support of Hong Kong’s ban on the wearing of masks. Photo: Reuters
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