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Tens of thousands of masked men march through Hong Kong in rejection of the emergency law

October 6, 2019


Tens of thousands of people have begun to march through the streets of Hong Kong this Sunday with masks on their faces as a challenge to the emergency law invoked by the authorities of the territory, which requires protesters to go to these concentrations in the open face.

The rally has been divided into two groups, from East Point Road in Causeway Bay to Chater Garden, and from Salisbury Road to Maple Street Playground, in a coordinated action that has begun late in the morning.

Witnesses of the 'South China Morning Post' have seen how some of the protesters threw Molotov cocktails at the Police, which has responded with tear gas.

One of these groups has concentrated in front of the Admiralty headquarters, which is now wrapped in a cloud of white smoke as a result of the gases and throwing cocktails.

The stores that flank the route of the marches are closed to the public and the transport service is still partially suspended, according to the media.

The marches have begun after the magistrate of the High Court of Justice of Hong Kong Godfrey Lam Wan Ho rejected the appeal filed by opposition groups to suspend the law against the masks, after a long night of negotiations between the legal representatives of the Government and of the opposition, which considers the norm more typical of a British absolutist monarch “like Henry VIII”, a reference to the history of his former colonial power, United Kingdom.

Opposition Deputy Dennis Kwok has lamented the magistrate's decision on the grounds that he defends an unconstitutional imposition that has not been approved by the Legislative Council, the equivalent to Parliament, of the territory.

“Basically the Government has told us:” The law is what I say it is, I say when it is applied, and I say when it ceases to be law, “he said at a press conference late this Saturday, collected by the 'South China Morning Post'.

The Chinese Government, administrator of the territory, has given its full support to the decision taken by the Hong Kong court. “These extremist radicals have exhibited unbridled arrogance and have behaved like savages,” said the China Liaison office on Sunday.

“We strongly condemn the violent protests and support the government and the police to severely punish the illegal violent elements in accordance with the law,” the note added.