A clip online shows a police officer being attacked by protesters. A petrol bomb was thrown at him and his shoes were briefly on fire. He dropped his gun as he got away.
As a protester tried to grab the gun, the officer rushed at him and kicked it aside.
Source: Online video pic.twitter.com/PnPavQiZp4
— SCMP Hong Kong (@SCMPHongKong) October 4, 2019
The riots began Friday after Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, invoked a colonial-era emergency powers laws presupposed to stop the protests by banning the utilization of masks.
“As the current situation has clearly given rise to a state of serious public danger, the executive council decided this morning to invoke the power under the emergency regulations ordinance and make a new regulation in the prohibition of face-covering – which is essentially an anti-mask law,” said Lam. “It is essential for us to stop violence and restore calmness in society as soon as possible.”
“We hope that the new legislation can help us to achieve this objective.”
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 4, 2019
Now in influence, the ban makes it illegal for anyone to cowl their face with a mask or paint whereas attending an unauthorized assembly or a public gathering of 50 or additional people.
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) October 4, 2019
Now on Pedder Street, Central: crowd gathering after the HK government announced a face mask ban in public gatherings at 3pm. The ban is going to go live at midnight today. Nearby malls are closing now and many office workers have left early. Really felt ppl’s anger in the air. pic.twitter.com/Z6SqZj0nLM
— Liu Hsiu Wen 劉修彣 (@liuhsiuwen) October 4, 2019
Backlash inside the space has solely intensified as a result of the ban as additional assaults on officers has been reported, a Hong Kong police assertion condemning “rioters for attacking officers and risking the lives of others” explains.