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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong to invoke emergency powers to combat protesters

Local media say administration to ban wearing of masks by demonstrators

Hong Kong protesters wear masks and goggles to protect themselves from tear gas and pepper spray, as well as to shield their identity.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong is planning to invoke potentially sweeping emergency powers in response to increasingly violent protests, local media reported on Thursday.

The Executive Council, the government's highest policymaking body, will convene a special session on Friday to discuss emergency measures, including a ban on the wearing of masks during protests, media reported.

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