UPDATED 11:04 AM PT — Monday, November 18, 2019
Hong Kong’s high court ruled its controversial mask ban is unconstitutional as violent protests continue to escalate. The court made the ruling Monday, saying the rule infringed on citizen’s fundamental rights.
This comes after the city implemented the ban last month, so protesters who broke the law could be easily identified. City officials say they plan to abide by the new rules to the best of its ability.
“The court had some opinion on this (anti-mask) law, so we as the department that enforce the law, as the right way forward, we are going to stop enforcing the anti-mask law until further development. We will decide what we are going to do then.”
— Li Kwai-Wah, Police Superintendent – Hong Kong
The court said it’s not against a mask ban of any kind in its ruling, but also said the previous law was too strict to be enforced reasonably. This comes amidst Hong Kong police cornering protesters at a university, while continuing to shrug off concerns from the international community.
— Freedom Hong Kong (@FreedomHongKon4) November 18, 2019