Hong Kong government has taken the decision to use emergency powers to overcome the worsen condition in the Chinese special administrative region as the masked protesters caused immense violence.
Thousands of masked activists marched through Hong Kong on October 4, Friday, in which a large number of office workers participated to walk in the streets during the workday lunch break over the pro-Beijing regime’s expected use of colonial-era laws that opponents considered would tip the city towards authoritarianism.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam addressed the reporters at a news conference late afternoon, announced that the government was calling upon emergency laws that will be giving right to authorities to “make any regulations whatsoever” in the public interest.
However, the emergency powers consist of censorship of the media, curfews, control of harbors, ports and transportation. Now no one can use mask on the faces as so many protesters used it bringing violence caused remained unidentified.
Before that, Hong Kong government imposed emergency laws in 1967 to suppress leftist riots during China’s Cultural Revolution.
Nonetheless, some protesters have sworn to challenge the law, which may cause more violence in the street of Hong Kong.
A 34-year-old officer worker with a surgical mask on the face, introduced herself as Mary, told AFP at a protest on Friday afternoon, “Youngsters are risking their lives, they don’t mind being jailed for 10 years, so wearing masks is not a problem,”
The violence on Tuesday appeared worsen this summer in streets of Hong Kong, though the China marked 70 years of Communist Party rule same day.
Clashes had been for hours in the region between hardcore protesters and riot police that day, although a group of demonstrators attacked the officers with umbrellas and poles that caused a loss of the teenager.
On the other hand, police has claimed the officer their officer shot fire in self-defense because his life was under threat, however, the teenager is under medical surveillance and in a stable condition.