Hong Kong to stop enforcing mask ban

Protesters hold British and American flags and a sign reading “Save Us” as they stand near Hong Kong Polytechnic University after police gave protestors an ultimatum to leave the campus in Hong Kong, early Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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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.

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Police in riot gear move through a cloud of smoke as they detain a protester at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Hong Kong police fought off protesters with tear gas and batons Monday as they tried to break through a police cordon that is trapping hundreds of them on a university campus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)