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Hong Kong protests

Boy hit by bullet in Hong Kong as protesters defy mask ban

Flash mobs flow across city, while rail system shuts and officer suffers burns

A fire set by protesters burns in the Wong Tai Sin district of Hong Kong on Oct. 4, after Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced emergency laws that would include banning face masks at protests.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Protesters defied Hong Kong's new ban on masks as they confronted police early Saturday, amid a night of chaos in the city that began hours after the local government announced emergency powers on Friday.

Television images showed violent confrontations between protesters and police, who fired tear gas against the crowds. Vandalism left widespread damage late Friday, including fires on the city's streets.

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