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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong court rules anti-mask law unconstitutional

Judges say restrictions on 'rights go further than is reasonably necessary'

Protesters wear gas masks during clashes with police outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Sunday.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- In a rare win for anti-government protesters amid an escalating police crackdown in Hong Kong, high court judges ruled on Monday that a law banning people from covering their faces during protests was unconstitutional.

A month after the city's government invoked sweeping emergency powers to tame escalating violence by radical protesters, the judges said the "restrictions [that the anti-mask law] imposed on fundamental rights go further than is reasonably necessary for the furtherance of the objective." But, they added that they were convinced of the legitimate intentions of the law.

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