Masked protestors defy ban in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, crowds of people wearing face masks filled the streets, continuing months of protest against mainland China’s attempts to strip freedoms from the progressive city.

Face masks are a visible opportunity to defy Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam who unilaterally prohibited the coverings at public gatherings, so that protestors could not hide their faces from surveillance cameras.

Wearing a face mask is punishable by a one-year prison sentence.

For months, Hong Kong residents have protested an extradition bill that would allow criminal suspects to be brought to mainland China for prosecution, within a system of justice of arbitrary rules, unfair trials and violence.

In 2015, five booksellers that sold political books that were banned in mainland China disappeared from Hong Kong, despite Hong Kong laws that protect free speech.

For a simple look at how Hong Kong and mainland China are one country with two very different styles of government and individual freedoms, geek out on this.

Should the US get involved? Let’s take a look.

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