Hong Kong Leader says Emergency Powers will not be used for other laws

Hong Kong Leader says Emergency Powers will not be used for other laws

8 October 2019 04:10 pm

In a statement today (08), Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the administration had no plans to use emergency powers on other laws.

She added that the protests being continued would be regulated under the existing laws. 

The protests and marches took place last weekend were marked by escalated violence, with the use of emergency powers enacted by the colonial era to ban the wearing of face masks on Saturday (05).

Last Friday (04), Lam used emergency powers that had not been in place in Chinese-ruled city for more than 50 years to curb the city's indefinite protests and violent behaviour.

The ban on face masks took effect Saturday, October 05, under the emergency laws that allow authorities to "make any regulations whatsoever" in the public interest, Lam further said in her statement.

MIAP