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Hong Kong protests

Anti-mask law has curbed Hong Kong protests, Lam adviser says

Bernard Chan says city government unlikely to adopt other emergency measures

Students wearing Guy Fawkes masks pose with protest signs at a graduation ceremony at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Oct. 30.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Amid continuing controversy over the Hong Kong government's move to invoke emergency powers to enact a ban on masks, a top administration adviser said the law introduced a month ago has significantly cut the number of hard-core demonstrators.

"The intensity [of protests] may have hardened, but the overall number [of protesters] has dropped significantly," said Bernard Chan, convener of the Executive Council, the top-level advisory body for Chief Executive Carrie Lam, in an interview with Nikkei Asian Review. "Once the number is down, it is much easier for the police to enforce" the law.

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