Hong Kong leader invokes emergency powers, bans protesters' face masks

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Oct 04 2019 03:41 PM | Updated as of Oct 04 2019 09:59 PM

An anti-government protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask attends a protest in Sham Shui Po district on China's National Day in Hong Kong, China October 1, 2019. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's leader on Friday announced a ban on protesters wearing face masks, invoking colonial-era emergency powers, in a bid to end months of violent protests.

"We believe that the new law will create a deterrent effect against masked violent protesters and rioters, and will assist the police in its law enforcement," chief executive Carrie Lam said.