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Thousands of Hongkongers march in defiance of anti-mask law, despite metro shutdown, heavy rain, tear gas

Masked demonstrators joined unauthorised protests on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon on Sunday, defying a new emergency law banning facial coverings at protests.

The protests, now in their 18th week, drew tens of thousands to the streets despite heavy rain and the closure of key MTR stations.

But, by late afternoon, tear gas had been deployed near government headquarters in Admiralty and Wan Chai to clear demonstrators, whilst riot police sought to disperse crowds in Kowloon Tong.

The anti-mask law was enacted by Chief Executive Carrie Lam via emergency legislation and came into effect on Saturday.

Protesters nevertheless wore medical masks, Halloween masks, makeup and even facial treatment masks on Sunday.

Those who violate the new law a maximum punishment of a year in prison or a fine of HK$25,000.

Netizens called for a turnout of “three million” on Sunday as a show of strength. The largest demonstration since the movement began in June had a turnout of approximately two million, according to organisers.

All lanes of Hennessey Road and Yee Wo Street were occupied by protesters as they carried a large banner reading “Hong Kong police attempt to murder.” Another read “our gov is killing us.”

A 14-year-old and an 18-year-old were shot by police this week. The force said the incidents were appropriate and justified as self-defence.

Throughout the day, demonstrators built makeshift barricades and targetted at least one branch of Starbucks.

Branches of the coffeeshop have been vandalised in recent weeks after the daughter of the local franchisee’s owner – the Maxim’s caterers founder – spoke against the movement at the United Nations.

Mainland-owned businesses and banks were also vandalised.

In an SMS, Hong Kong police appealed to residents to remain alert and remain at home: “Unauthorised public events expected today will likely cause violence & disruptions. Please stay alert, avoid going out & check for police updates,” it read.

Large-scale peaceful protests against a bill that would have enabled extraditions to China have evolved since June into sometimes violent displays of dissent over Beijing’s encroachment, democracy and alleged police brutality.

 

www.hongkongfp.com/2019/10/06/thousands-hongkongers-march...

 

【明報專訊】《禁蒙面法》觸發新一輪示威,法例生效後的周六,各區爆發示威衝突,警方未有施放催淚彈。但到了周日,港九便烽煙再起,逾萬計市民參加遊行,再次演變成警民衝突,警方出動水炮車及裝甲車戒備,又施放大量催淚彈,示威者縱火、擲燃燒彈及破壞。其間在鵝頸橋一帶逾20名示威者被捕,包括一名外貌約10來歲女童,表情惶恐,身體發抖。昨日被捕者中,最少兩人被控告違反《禁蒙面法》。警方表示,於觀塘啟田道拘捕一名18歲男子及38歲女子,兩人被暫控合共一項「非法集結」及各一項「違反《禁止蒙面規例》」罪,案件今於東區裁判法院提堂。

 

警毆被制服者 市民喝罵方停

 

另有網上影片顯示,兩名防暴警在新蒲崗清場期間,拳打腳踢一名已被制服的黑衣男,遭市民喝罵才停手。

 

實政圓桌立法會議員田北辰表示,禁蒙面法不但未能止暴,更應驗了是「火上加油」,就算有了禁蒙面法,警方人手不夠應付, 反問「你拉得幾多個?」他最擔心政府以此為由推出更強硬法例,屆時示威者又再升級反彈。

 

田北辰:應驗立法火上加油

 

議會陣線區諾軒稱,不認為立法令示威者減少,反而在上周五(4日)晚上充分感受到市民的憤怒,「我從未見過有人身穿西裝在中環推水馬」,斥政府誤判只會令社會更激化。民主黨立法會議員林卓廷表示,政府口說「對話」,行動卻是火上加油。至於立法是否有效減少遊行人數,林卓廷稱是因港鐵停駛令市民難以過海遊行,但會在自己的社區抗爭,導致各區都見示威者。

 

萬計蒙面人遊行喊解散警隊

 

昨日天氣不穩,下午更下起大雨,但仍有數以萬計市民響應網民號召,在維港兩岸撐傘遊行,當中以港島遊行規模較大,大批市民以各種方式蒙面,有人戴普通口罩,亦有人用衣服蒙頭,亦有市民戴行山帽掩面。站前排的參加者手持一幅大型黑布標語,寫着「香港警察,蓄意謀殺」字句;市民沿途高叫「五大訴求,缺一不可」、「解散香港警隊」和「光復香港,時代革命」等口號。

 

遊行隊伍昨午2時前起步,不久已佔據軒尼詩道來回行車線,隊頭於3時前抵達遮打花園,龍尾伸延至銅鑼灣。另有示威者取道金鐘道行至灣仔警察總部外,以鐵欄及雜物築路障,與夏愨花園天橋上的警員對峙,其間警員施放催淚彈。

 

燃燒彈誤中 港台記者送院

 

下午約5時開始,大批防暴警向銅鑼灣方向推進,其間不斷發射催淚彈,示威者不斷後退,有人向警方投擲一輪燃燒彈,港台一名記者被擲中,身上雨衣着火。該記者其後送往律敦治醫院治理,港台稱其在灣仔採訪期間疑被汽油彈擊中面部受傷,嚴厲譴責暴力行為。

 

九龍方面,大批遊行市民下午2時許由梳士巴利公園出發,行出彌敦道,佔據南北行車線,有人撬開尖沙嘴港鐵站鐵閘,入內破壞設施,又破壞佐敦站出口和閉路電視。同一時間,另一批示威者在旺角麥花臣球場出發,匯合遊行隊伍,隊頭再分數個方向前進,多個港鐵站遭破壞或縱火。在旺角警署外,示威者以竹枝設路障,又在馬路燒雜物,警方發射催淚彈、海綿彈及布袋彈,又派出速龍小隊拘捕示威者。

 

民陣副召集人陳皓桓在facebook上載片段,顯示有兩名防暴警在新蒲崗「譽.港灣」對出,拳打腳踢一名已被制服的黑衣男子。片段顯示,有身處較高位置的市民見狀向警方投擲杯裝飲品,有人大叫「唔好打人」,該名警員才停手。

 

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