Hong Kong: Protesters vandalise train stations amid tensions over mask ban

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Protesters were seen vandalising train stations in Hong Kong’s Yuen Long on Saturday, as tensions escalated following the government’s new ban on masks.

Footage also shows a heavy police presence in the area. On Friday night, a 14-year-old teenager was reportedly shot by an off-duty police officer who was surrounded by protesters in the Yuen Long area. The demonstrators then beat the police officer and hurled a petrol bomb at him, reports say.

The city’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system has been the target of repeated vandalism for its apparent pro-government stance among management and trade unions.

The new face mask ban, which came into effect at Friday midnight local time (16:00 GMT), was invoked by Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam under the emergency ordinance.

The Emergency Regulations Ordinance law used to implement the ban was last applied during riots in 1967. Lam said during a press conference on Friday that the barring Hong Kongers from wearing face coverings at public rallies will provide a “deterrent effect” and is intended to stop violent acts occurring during protests.

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