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Hong Kong Protest: Court Declares Mask Ban Excessive, Unconstitutional

World | News18 | December 10, 2019, 8:28 pm
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 A Hong Kong court on Tuesday (December 10) lifted a ban on face masks by refusing the governments request to suspend an earlier ruling that found it unconstitutional. The acting chief judge of the High Court Jeremy Poon Shiu and Court of Appeal Vice President Johnson Lam revealed they were satisfied the government appeal was
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A Hong Kong court on Tuesday (December 10) lifted a ban on face masks by refusing the governments request to suspend an earlier ruling that found it unconstitutional. The acting chief judge of the High Court Jeremy Poon Shiu and Court of Appeal Vice President Johnson Lam revealed they were satisfied the government appeal was "reasonably arguable" but found that the authorities had failed to show there was a need to further suspend the lower court's declaration of unconstitutionality and refused the application. (Image: AP)

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 Pro-democracy protesters and office workers hold placard as they stage a protest at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Pro-democracy protesters and office workers hold placard as they stage a protest at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Protesters gather during a rally in commemoration of International Human Rights Day outside of the Legislative Council offices in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Protesters gather during a rally in commemoration of International Human Rights Day outside of the Legislative Council offices in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Pro-democracy supporters and office workers hold placards stage a protest during lunchtime at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Pro-democracy supporters and office workers hold placards stage a protest during lunchtime at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A pro-democracy protester waves a flag as protesters and office workers march past business shop lots during a protest at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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A pro-democracy protester waves a flag as protesters and office workers march past business shop lots during a protest at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A protester holds a flag reading
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A protester holds a flag reading "Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Times" during a rally in commemoration of International Human Rights Day outside of the Legislative Council offices in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Protesters gather during a rally in commemoration of International Human Rights Day outside of the Legislative Council offices in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Protesters gather during a rally in commemoration of International Human Rights Day outside of the Legislative Council offices in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Pro-democracy supporters and office workers wave a flag and hold the Pepe the frog dolls aloft as they stage a protest on a street at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Pro-democracy supporters and office workers wave a flag and hold the Pepe the frog dolls aloft as they stage a protest on a street at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Protesters hold candles during a rally in commemoration of International Human Rights Day outside of the Legislative Council offices in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Protesters hold candles during a rally in commemoration of International Human Rights Day outside of the Legislative Council offices in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Police in riot gear moves through a cloud of smoke at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police fought off protesters with tear gas and batons as they tried to break through a police cordon that is trapping hundreds of them on a university campus. (Image: AP)
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Police in riot gear moves through a cloud of smoke at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police fought off protesters with tear gas and batons as they tried to break through a police cordon that is trapping hundreds of them on a university campus. (Image: AP)

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 Police officers detain a protester near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Police officers detain a protester near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A fire burns near the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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A fire burns near the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Protestors react as police fire tear gas near Hong Kong Polytechnic University after police gave protestors an ultimatum to leave the campus in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Protestors react as police fire tear gas near Hong Kong Polytechnic University after police gave protestors an ultimatum to leave the campus in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Police in riot gear moves into the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Police in riot gear moves into the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A policeman in riot gear detains a protester outside of Hong Kong Polytechnic University as police storm the campus in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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A policeman in riot gear detains a protester outside of Hong Kong Polytechnic University as police storm the campus in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A protester is detained in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is in the sixth month of protests that began in June over a proposed extradition law and have expanded to include demands for greater democracy and other grievances. (Image: AP)
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A protester is detained in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is in the sixth month of protests that began in June over a proposed extradition law and have expanded to include demands for greater democracy and other grievances. (Image: AP)

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 Police officers point his shotgun at protesters during a clash in Hong Kong. A Hong Kong university student who fell off a parking garage after police fired tear gas during clashes with anti-government protesters died Friday in a rare fatality in five months of unrest, fueling more outrage against authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (Image: AP)
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Police officers point his shotgun at protesters during a clash in Hong Kong. A Hong Kong university student who fell off a parking garage after police fired tear gas during clashes with anti-government protesters died Friday in a rare fatality in five months of unrest, fueling more outrage against authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (Image: AP)

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 A protester lights candles near flowers and a banner which reads
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A protester lights candles near flowers and a banner which reads "From all of us - God bless Chow Tsz-Lok" at the site where student Chow Tsz-Lok fell during a recent protest in Hong Kong. Chow, a Hong Kong university student who fell off a parking garage after police fired tear gas during clashes with anti-government protesters died in a rare fatality after five months of unrest, fueling more outrage against authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (Image: AP)

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 Police in full gear pass burning debris as they walk the streets during a protest in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Police in full gear pass burning debris as they walk the streets during a protest in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Richard Chan, a candidate for the district council elections, reacts after being pepper-sprayed by police in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Richard Chan, a candidate for the district council elections, reacts after being pepper-sprayed by police in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Police point guns to protesters in a shopping mall at Tsuen Wan in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Police point guns to protesters in a shopping mall at Tsuen Wan in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Demonstrators react as police officers fire tear gas during a protest in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Demonstrators react as police officers fire tear gas during a protest in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Police in riot gear asks a woman to take off her mask outside a train station in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Police in riot gear asks a woman to take off her mask outside a train station in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A protester is detained in Central district of Hong Kong. A Hong Kong protester was shot by police in a dramatic scene caught on video as demonstrators blocked train lines and roads during the morning commute. (Image: AP)
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A protester is detained in Central district of Hong Kong. A Hong Kong protester was shot by police in a dramatic scene caught on video as demonstrators blocked train lines and roads during the morning commute. (Image: AP)

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 A street vendor wears a mask and goggles during a clash between protesters and riot police in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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A street vendor wears a mask and goggles during a clash between protesters and riot police in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A protestor kicks away a police teargas shell as they clash outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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A protestor kicks away a police teargas shell as they clash outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Police in riot gear fire tear gas during a protest in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Police in riot gear fire tear gas during a protest in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Riot police officers clear up a road from barricade set up by protesters in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Riot police officers clear up a road from barricade set up by protesters in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Firefighters stand outside the offices of China's Xinhua News Agency after its windows were damaged by protesters in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Firefighters stand outside the offices of China's Xinhua News Agency after its windows were damaged by protesters in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Police in riot gear stands over people detained during a protest in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)
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Police in riot gear stands over people detained during a protest in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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