Since the start of mass protests in the city in June, the Hong Kong police have detained 2,300 people aged 13 to 83, according to the RTHK.

All of them are suspected of participating in unauthorized rallies, possession of weapons for the purpose of attack, as well as disobedience to the requirement to remove masks from the face.

In Hong Kong, protests over the extradition law have been going on for several months, and on October 4, a new wave of protests began after the head of the district administration, Carry Lam, announced a decision by the authorities to ban wearing masks during protests and other public gatherings. The ban took effect at midnight local time. Persons who violate the ban may receive a sentence of imprisonment of up to a year or a fine of 25 thousand Hong Kong dollars (3.2 thousand US dollars).

The police also reported that from October 4 to 7, 241 people between the ages of 12 and 54 were detained, 77 of them for wearing a mask at unauthorized rallies, as well as for reluctance to cooperate and disobeying the requirement to remove the mask.

Tags: ; ;