Hong Kong protests continue after night of violence that halted rail services

October 6, 2019 in News by RBN Staff

source: www.dw.com

Protesters continued their pro-democracy demonstrations on Saturday, seemingly galvanized by a ban on the wearing of face masks. Inner-city train lines were halted as protesters vandalized subway stations.

Thousands of masked, pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on Saturday in continued protest of a new government ban on wearing face masks.

Unsanctioned marches and flash mob protests took place Saturday following a night of violent unrest that resulted in the suspension of Hong Kong’s mass transit rail system.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam condemned the violence in a video. “We cannot allow rioters any more to destroy our treasured Hong Kong,” she said.

Lam said she invoked the restriction on masks under the Emergency Regulations Ordinances, a colonial-era plan that allows her to circumvent the legislature and enforce any regulations during a time of emergency or public danger.

Thousands of angry demonstrators filled the streets in the central business district on Friday evening shouting “Hong Kong, resist.”