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At least 77 detainees in Hong Kong for violating the law that prohibits covering their faces

October 8, 2019

At least 77 detainees in Hong Kong for violating the law that prohibits covering the ros – REUTERS

HONG KONG, Oct. 8 (Reuters / EP) –

At least 77 people have been detained in Hong Kong since Friday for violating the law prohibiting masks in protests, a measure of the colonial era that had not been applied in more than half a century, according to the first balance released by the Police .

The head of the Hong Kong Government, Carrie Lam, announced Friday the ban on the use of masks in mobilizations, under a law that imposes sentences of up to one year in prison and penalties of up to 25,000 Hong Kong dollars (2,900 euros) for whom Skip the restriction.

Police have confirmed the arrest of 77 people for violating this regulation, which has failed to placate the demonstrations that have happened in the former British colony since the beginning of June and that represent the biggest challenge to Beijing since China assumed Hong Kong's sovereignty. in 1997.

According to the authorities, more than 200 stores and public facilities have been damaged since Friday, while security forces have launched 367 rounds of tear gas. The police have defended their actions against protesters during these months and have even justified the use of real fire.

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