Why Hong Kong has invoked emergency powers to ban face masks | Understanding Hong Kong

Why Hong Kong has invoked emergency powers to ban face masks | Understanding Hong Kong


The chief executive in council
decided at a special meeting this morning to invoke the power
under the Emergency Regulations Ordinance and make
a new regulation in the name of prohibition on
face covering regulation, which is essentially an anti-mask law. On Friday, the Hong
Kong government introduced a new law banning
face masks in this city. This was introduced
using something called the Emergency Regulations
Ordinance, a colonial-era law that is still on
the books here that gives the government
the right to introduce a whole lot of very
restrictive policies and laws into this city. Now, it’s granting the police
extra powers to arrest people and effectively
pushing the police out to do the job of
governing in this city. Now, you think about
what that means. The police force have a
toolbox with effectively one tool in it, and
that tool is a mallet. Now, in a way, you can’t
really blame the police because it is the
government that’s pushed them out in front. And their increasing brutality
over the last few weeks towards protesters, towards
bystanders, and even journalists, is a natural
response to the escalation that we’re seeing in this city. It is essential for us to stop
violence and restore calmness in society as soon as possible. Now, to a certain
extent you can’t really even blame the Hong Kong
government for the predicament that we’re seeing
in the city today. That’s because Carrie Lam, the
chief executive of the city, does not have the power
to compromise or to make any concessions whatsoever. That is purely in the gift
of the central government in Beijing. The reason Chinese President
Xi Jinping has no ability to compromise is…
think about it: if you had him allowing
people in Hong Kong to vote for their leaders what would the
people in Shanghai, in Beijing, in Shenzhen say about this? If you’re Xi Jinping the
possibility of backing down in the face of violent protests
is also an incredibly dangerous thing to do. Now, what does this all mean? It means that almost
certainly the protests are going to escalate. Almost certainly the crackdown
is going to intensify. And everything here
is going to get worse.

39 Comments on "Why Hong Kong has invoked emergency powers to ban face masks | Understanding Hong Kong"


  1. If the police would stand up and arrest the real demons they would save their own children children. may they wake up from their spell/ the fake media as well . 1984 Hunger games coming for your children to.

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  2. They need to invoke the promise during Hanover of the "ultimate aim" of universal voting suffrage.

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  3. Won't China have complete control over HK and it's law in 2047? The marching at the end with blurry faces reminded me of those doctored NK propaganda videos

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  4. anyone who supports the Chinese government is on par with people who support nazi ideas. china is an evil dictatorship and deserves nothing short of a napalm carpet bombing of every government building. show those rice fuckers how to do a real stir fry

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  5. Those so called protestors set up fire in banks then demand not to get accused of doing those things by the government. How does this work?

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  6. cashier all the colonial era foreign judges with 22 brits, 3 Australians, and one indian is a top priority. that's Singapore's first priority when they gained independence.

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  7. The Hong Kong police officers have been incredibly restrained. I notice that some protesters were waving UK union-jack flags. If Hong Kong protesters were to behave like terrorists on the streets of the UK by firebombing police stations, smashing-up government offices and closing-down essential utilities such as transport they would be shot on sight. If they hate China so much why don't they attempt to immigrate to the West? They would soon discover that the West wants nothing to do with them, and would send them back on the first flight to China.

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  8. Has anyone come to realize that no matter what happens HK will still be part of China.. so i think HK citizens are fighting the inevitable and no foreign country will risk a front full war with china unless china were a 3rd poor defenseless country (which is not) because after all presently HK is part of china so a foreign nation will be the invaders.

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  9. FT journalist tried to kill a Chinese mainlander by closing mall gate on escape route when the young man was attacked by mobs today

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  10. Victor Mallet, a reporter of the Financial Times, who is suspected to shut down the door to Obstruct a young man (one of JPMorgan staff) who was attacked by mob to go back in to Chater House building (HK) for help , meanwhile got the young man into trapped in a corner and got attacked again , and then Victor Mallet got a " Wonderful " news material . And the other reporter around the young man and ignored the violence and just connive that. Maybe We will see the video after it spreads .
    The British "Financial Times", that’s Freedom of press you always excessively praise,hah?

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  11. Financial Time reporter Victor Mallet helped attacking civilian today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT20AXPT9QI

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  12. Financial Time reporter Victor Mallet helped attacking civilian today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT20AXPT9QI

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  13. Financial Time reporter Victor Mallet helped attacking civilian today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT20AXPT9QI

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  14. Financial Time reporter Victor Mallet helped attacking civilian today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT20AXPT9QI

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  15. Come on! This the time for the Chinese government to intervene in the issue of Hong Kong now. Hong Kong needs peace and it is a part of China.

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  16. and many foreign and HK
    media got sick,support violent and dangerous reaction ,such like Victor Mallet from finacial times ,He help violent protesters to hit an innocent HK citizen ,just because he speak mandarin,this reaction is discrimination in western Country!Why did these western jounalist lost their human basic rule !HK government should ban these media

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  17. I just found why so many foreigners cares about HK,and raise their concern to Chinese issue,actually they wont really care the Chinese ppls lives,they just care if they still can be the superior race than others around the world .Lol,you guys still think the world is controlling by Whites?you are still want to teach the world with ur idea?So pls go back to ur own countries to solve your problems first,who give ur rights to teach Chinese?It is very clear ,We should kick out some extreme and arrogant foreigners out of HK and China first,Time for erasing the discourse power of them.

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  18. What kind of a person is Jamil Anderlini to use such idiotic reasoning that Xi Jinping has no choice and cannot give concessions? Of course Xi can concede freedom and democracy to Hong Kong (as well as to Shanghai, and Shenzhen, etc.). This is not something Xi cannot do; this is something he does not want to do.

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  19. I love these protests: they show us that most "west" countries absolutely do support a destruction of private and public property (if it's property of the Chinese). It was brilliant revelation for me.

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  20. Carrie Lam and Xi Jinping, have both of you passed the high school education?

    If both of you really learned something at school, you must know this:

    “For every action there is an EQUAL and OPPOSITE re-action.” (Newton's third law)

    It’s a natural law.

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  21. So many trolls on Youtube. I wonder how many of these Pro-CCP people actually live in CCP controlled China?

    Youtube is banned in China, why are these "lawful" citizens circumventing their own law to use banned websites? So why are these people so eager to come onto banned foreign material?

    If you count the amount of Pro-CCP posts, it almost seem as if these are government sponsored comments.

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  22. Fake news! Camera 🎥 don’t lair! Good people editing video rioting protesters beating policemen and Hong Kong citizen! Thank you Hong Kong government banned masks 🎭😷! Lot of freedom countries make the same law first! Not Hong Kong first!

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  23. Invoke Emergency regulations when there is no emergency? Improper purpose! Abuse of power. UK Supreme Court to review decision!

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  24. Miss Carrie Lam you are ignorant ! You have Emergency Powers to pass Extradition Law without HK Legco ! JUST DECLARE IS ALL YOU NEED.

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  25. Robin Dhabi once said, “Give man a mask and he will show you his true face”.
    In 2019, Elixir de Vie Singapore says, "Every man is a noble man when he is recognized. Give him a face mask, and he will show you his true nature".
    In the year 2019, the whole world finally see the true nature of Hon keys.

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  26. Did she say "stop violence and restore communist"?

    Months ago when this started, were there masks? Or after escalation? Non listening communication and force may have something to do with it…

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  27. Communism really is just a short breathe and death, how soulless the propagandists mill.
    Concentration camp much like the nazi & gulags of the solviet, the monsters live, til Judgement Day.
    Yet the "useful idiot" who propagate for them, sad state of humanity.

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