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Thousands march in Hong Kong despite emergency ban on masks

Plaits how you do it:
A woman uses her hair
to cover her face PICTURE: RAY KWONG

FEMALE protesters in Hong Kong used their hair to cover their faces as a court rejected another attempt to block a ban on masks aimed at quashing violence.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took part in a march yesterday after further clashes between police and demonstrators on Saturday.

Mass demonstration: Protesters, many in face masks, march in Hong Kong yesterday PICTURE: GETTY

Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam had used emergency powers brought in by the British in 1922 to impose the face mask ban, which follows four months of anti-government protests. Many demonstrators flouted the ban, risking up to a year in jail and a fine.

Retiree Patricia Anyeung, who wore a mask while marching with her sister Rebecca, said: ‘Carrie Lam is not the god of Hong Kong. She can’t do anything she likes.’

On Friday, a 14-year-old boy became the second protester shot by police after an 18-year-old, charged with rioting and assaulting police, was shot on Tuesday. The younger teen has been arrested.