HONG KONG – Honk Kong’s government had the right to bring back colonial-era emergency power to prevent wearing of face masks from all the public processions and meeting held during the height of 2019’s protests, ruled Hong Kong’s highest court on Monday.
Many demonstrators wore masks to hide their identities from authorities and to protect themselves from tear gas during the anti-government protests.
The ruling comes at a time when Hong Kong people are mandated to wear masks to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Court of Final Appeal ruled the mask ban was unconstitutional.
One of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists, Joshua Wong, 24, was allegedly arrested for flouting the anti mask law and for his participation in an unlawful anti-government rallies in 2019.