緊急法禁蒙面火上加油 18區「香港人反抗」 “Hong Kong People Resist” Citywide as Emergency Law Mask Ban Escalates Conflicts
特首林鄭昨午宣布引用《緊急條例》通過禁止蒙面，今日凌晨生效。不但無助「止暴制亂」，火上加油的效果立竿見影。宣報前已有大批市民在中環遊行抗議，其後全城18區「香港人反抗」。… Continue reading
“Hong Kong People Resist” Citywide as Emergency Law Mask Ban Escalates Conflicts
More mass protests were sparked on Friday after the Hong Kong government invoked emergency legislation to ban masks at protests, which came into effect at midnight last night.
The government said the law, banning people from wearing masks at any lawful or unlawful demonstration, was intended to halt violent protests. Before the announcement was made, thousands of protesters marched in Central – the main business district of Hong Kong, in opposition to the emergency legislation. After the law was announced at 3pm, thousands wearing masks gathered in Central again and blocked Connaught Road Central near Exchange Square.
The city exploded in anger. Protests and rallies were held in 18 districts questioning the government’s hidden agenda to pave the way for the “Emergency Law.”
Protest rallies resulting in roads blocked in at least 6 districts of Hong Kong Island, including Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Tai Koo, and even Aberdeen, for the first time. “Hong Kong people, resist” was the new chant.
Protesters damaged China-related and pro-police businesses along the way. MTR stations were closed the station due to arson. Riot police were deployed in various districts at 10 pm and fired tear gas to clear the scene.
In Central, over 10000 people rallied at Pedder Street and Conaught Road Central near Exchange Square. Traffic has stalled as too many people had flooded the roads.
Afterwards, the massive crowd marched toward Admiralty. Harcourt Road outside Admiralty Station and government headquarters was also occupied, and both east and west-bound traffic lanes were blocked.
In Causeway Bay, thousands of people gathered outside Sogo Department Store while someone waved the black flag reading “Free Hong Kong, Revolution of the Time”. Both east and west-bound traffic lanes were occupied. More than a dozen buses could not pass and parked at the road. MTR Causeway Bay Station was closed. At around 9 pm, some people were dissatisfied with the station closure and set fire to Exit E and activated fire sprinklers at Exit F1. Firemen were despatched.
In Wanchai, numerous people gathered near Canal Road. The giant statue of Lady Liberty of Hong Kong in full gear appeared. Public sentiment was high and chanted “5 Demands, Not One Less” and “Hong Kong People, Resist”.