Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas at Halloween Protesters
Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protesters as masked demonstrators crashed a Halloween party in the central Kowloon district, Thursday, October 31.
READ MORE: Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters planned a unique demonstration Thursday in defiance of the city’s recent emergency law banning face coverings. The protesters marked Halloween with a march on the city’s Lan Kwai Fong entertainment district wearing masks depicting Carrie Lam, the city’s embattled chief executive, Chinese President Xi Jinping or other government officials.
Hong Kong police were deploying extra officers to the district, which was expected to be filled with costumed party-goers. They will demand anyone suspected of being a protester to remove their masks or face paint. But Halloween masks are not covered under the ban, which will make it difficult for police to tell the difference between a protester and an ordinary reveler.
Thousands of masked demonstrators have marched through Hong Kong’s streets since June, sparked by anger over a controversial extradition bill that evolved into demands for full democracy for the Chinese-controlled city. The protesters have hidden their identities out of fear of retribution from local authorities, or concerns they could be shared with mainland China.
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