October 4, 2019 / 7:23 AM / 16 days ago

Hong Kong leader invokes emergency powers to try to quell escalating violence

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a news conference to discuss sweeping emergency laws at government office in Hong Kong, China October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

HONG Kong (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam on Friday invoked colonial-era emergency powers for the first time in more than 50 years in a dramatic move intended to quell escalating violence in the Chinese-ruled city.

Lam, speaking at a news conference, said a ban on face masks would take effect Saturday, Oct. 5, under the emergency laws that allow authorities to “make any regulations whatsoever” in the public interest.

Reporting By Clare Jim, Donny Kwok, Twinnie Siu, Noah Sin, James Pomfret; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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