Hong Kong Protesters Test Mask Ban in Full Halloween Regalia

Hong Kong protesters continued their pro-democracy protests, now in their fifth month, by taking to the streets on Halloween Thursday decked out in costumes and masks to challenge a controversial face-covering ban. The Hong Kong government earlier this month used a British-colonial era emergency law to enact the ban to quell increasingly violent demonstrations. Protests first started in the city in March to challenge an extradition bill that would have allowed the government to transfer suspected criminals to China. Critics believed the bill undermined Hong Kong's autonomy from the authoritarian country. Although Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam withdrew the extradition bill, protests have continued to challenge police brutality and what some see as China's increasing efforts to encroach upon Hong Kong's democratic rights.

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A person dressed as President Donald Trump waves an American flag as they stand on a street in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Hong Kong authorities braced themselves as pro-democracy protesters urged people on Thursday to celebrate Halloween by wearing masks on a march in defiance of a government ban on face coverings.
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A man in a Halloween mask stands next to police officers in riot gear in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Hong Kong protesters called for people to mark Halloween by wearing masks depicting government officials or scary characters as demonstrations continue in their fifth month. Authorities braced for Thursday night's rally, which tested a government ban on face coverings at public gatherings introduced to quell the increasingly violent protests.
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A demonstrator wears a Halloween mask in the Lan Kwai Fong area of Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Efforts by Hong Kong authorities to quell the protests have largely failed, from banning marches and withdrawing the proposed extradition bill, to using an emergency law to outlaw face masks and pledging to make housing more affordable. Protesters called for people to mark Halloween and challenge a face covering ban by wearing masks depicting government officials or scary characters as demonstrations continue in their fifth month.
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A man dressed up as a Prince Edward MTR metro station stands with others along a road in the Central district of Hong Kong on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Hong Kong democracy activists donned Halloween masks and costumes in defiance of an emergency law that bans face coverings. The rally sparked renewed clashes with police, and tear gas was fired in multiple locations, including near a popular nightclub district where thousands of protesters had gatecrashed Halloween celebrations.
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Demonstrators wear anonymous masks, also known as Guy Fawkes masks, while sticking posters up in the Lan Kwai Fong area of Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Efforts by Hong Kong authorities to quell the protests have largely failed, from banning marches and withdrawing the proposed extradition bill, to using an emergency law to outlaw face masks and pledging to make housing more affordable. Protesters called for people to mark Halloween and challenge a face covering ban by wearing masks depicting government officials or scary characters as demonstrations continue in their fifth month.
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A demonstrator wears a mask in the Lan Kwai Fong area of Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Efforts by Hong Kong authorities to quell the protests have largely failed, from banning marches and withdrawing the proposed extradition bill, to using an emergency law to outlaw face masks and pledging to make housing more affordable. Protesters called for people to mark Halloween and challenge a face covering ban by wearing masks depicting government officials or scary characters as demonstrations continue in their fifth month.
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A partygoer wearing a Halloween mask carries a child on his shoulders as he talks to the police in the Lan Kwai Fong area of Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Efforts by Hong Kong authorities to quell the protests have largely failed, from banning marches and withdrawing the proposed extradition bill, to using an emergency law to outlaw face masks and pledging to make housing more affordable. Protesters called for people to mark Halloween and challenge a face covering ban by wearing masks depicting government officials or scary characters as demonstrations continue in their fifth month.
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A protester in a clown costume poses for a photograph in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Efforts by Hong Kong authorities to quell the protests have largely failed, from banning marches and withdrawing the proposed extradition bill, to using an emergency law to outlaw face masks and pledging to make housing more affordable. Protesters called for people to mark Halloween and challenge a face covering ban by wearing masks depicting government officials or scary characters as demonstrations continue in their fifth month.
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A protester in costume stands for a photograph in the Central district of Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Efforts by Hong Kong authorities to quell the protests have largely failed, from banning marches and withdrawing the proposed extradition bill, to using an emergency law to outlaw face masks and pledging to make housing more affordable. Protesters called for people to mark Halloween and challenge a face covering ban by wearing masks depicting government officials or scary characters as demonstrations continue in their fifth month.
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Masked Halloween protesters walk with lightsabers in the Central district of Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Efforts by Hong Kong authorities to quell the protests have largely failed, from banning marches and withdrawing the proposed extradition bill, to using an emergency law to outlaw face masks and pledging to make housing more affordable. Protesters called for people to mark Halloween and challenge a face covering ban by wearing masks depicting government officials or scary characters as demonstrations continue in their fifth month.
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A couple wearing Joker and Harley Quinn Halloween costumes pose on a street in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Hong Kong protesters called for people to mark Halloween by wearing masks depicting government officials or scary characters as demonstrations continue in their fifth month. Authorities braced for Thursday night's rally, which tested a government ban on face coverings at public gatherings introduced to quell the increasingly violent protests.
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