Photos: First charges in Hong Kong face mask ban after weekend protests

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday wearing face masks in defiance of colonial-era emergency powers which threaten them with a year in prison for hiding their faces. Authorities were braced for two major protests on Sunday, fearing a recurrence of Friday night's violent protests which saw the Asian financial centre virtually shut down the next day. Two protesters were charged on Monday for violating Hong Kong's new ban but were later released on bail pending trial.

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A masked anti-government protester in Central Hong Kong. Tens of thousands of protesters marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday wearing face masks in defiance of colonial-era emergency powers which threaten them with a year in prison for hiding their faces. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

A masked anti-government protester in Central Hong Kong. Tens of thousands of protesters marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday wearing face masks in defiance of colonial-era emergency powers which threaten them with a year in prison for hiding their faces. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

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Police fired tear gas in several places in the Asian financial hub but there was no obvious signs of violence, with protesters ignoring the gas, dousing the canisters with water or tossing them back at police. Police said protesters were participating in unlawful assemblies, blocking major roads, and warned they would soon begin “dispersal operations on Hong Kong island”, ordering protesters to leave immediately. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

Police fired tear gas in several places in the Asian financial hub but there was no obvious signs of violence, with protesters ignoring the gas, dousing the canisters with water or tossing them back at police. Police said protesters were participating in unlawful assemblies, blocking major roads, and warned they would soon begin “dispersal operations on Hong Kong island”, ordering protesters to leave immediately. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

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Authorities were braced for two major protests on Sunday, fearing a recurrence of Friday night’s violent protests which saw Hong Kong virtually shut down the next day. Only hours after Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam invoked emergency powers last used more than 50 years ago, mask-wearing protesters took to the streets on Friday, setting subway stations on fire, smashing mainland China banks and clashing with police. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

Authorities were braced for two major protests on Sunday, fearing a recurrence of Friday night’s violent protests which saw Hong Kong virtually shut down the next day. Only hours after Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam invoked emergency powers last used more than 50 years ago, mask-wearing protesters took to the streets on Friday, setting subway stations on fire, smashing mainland China banks and clashing with police. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

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“The anti-mask law just fuels our anger and more will people come on to the street,” Lee, a university student wearing a blue mask, said on Sunday, as he marched on Hong Kong island. “We are not afraid of the new law, we will continue fighting. We will fight for righteousness. I put on the mask to tell the government that I’m not afraid of tyranny.” (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

“The anti-mask law just fuels our anger and more will people come on to the street,” Lee, a university student wearing a blue mask, said on Sunday, as he marched on Hong Kong island. “We are not afraid of the new law, we will continue fighting. We will fight for righteousness. I put on the mask to tell the government that I’m not afraid of tyranny.” (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

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What started as opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill has swelled into a pro-democracy movement against what is seen as Beijing’s increasing grip on the city, undermining its “one country, two systems” status promised when Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997. (Tyrone Siu / REUTERS)

What started as opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill has swelled into a pro-democracy movement against what is seen as Beijing’s increasing grip on the city, undermining its “one country, two systems” status promised when Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997. (Tyrone Siu / REUTERS)

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Protesters on Sunday chanted “Hong Kongers, revolt” and “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong”, as riot police monitored them from overhead walkways and footbridges, some taking photographs and filming the marchers. Police fired tear gas at a rally at Pacific Place which seemed peaceful and also at Admiralty, near government offices, said witnesses. (Athit Perawongmetha / REUTERS)

Protesters on Sunday chanted “Hong Kongers, revolt” and “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong”, as riot police monitored them from overhead walkways and footbridges, some taking photographs and filming the marchers. Police fired tear gas at a rally at Pacific Place which seemed peaceful and also at Admiralty, near government offices, said witnesses. (Athit Perawongmetha / REUTERS)

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Two protesters were charged Monday with violating Hong Kong’s new ban on wearing masks at rallies. An 18-year-old student and a 38-year-old unemployed woman were the first to be prosecuted under the ban, which came into force Saturday under sweeping emergency powers aimed at quashing violence in the protests for more democratic freedoms. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

Two protesters were charged Monday with violating Hong Kong’s new ban on wearing masks at rallies. An 18-year-old student and a 38-year-old unemployed woman were the first to be prosecuted under the ban, which came into force Saturday under sweeping emergency powers aimed at quashing violence in the protests for more democratic freedoms. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

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Detained early Saturday shortly after the ban took effect, the two were also charged with taking part in unlawful assembly. A conviction under the mask ban is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine. They were both released on bail pending trial. (Athit Perawongmetha / REUTERS)

Detained early Saturday shortly after the ban took effect, the two were also charged with taking part in unlawful assembly. A conviction under the mask ban is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine. They were both released on bail pending trial. (Athit Perawongmetha / REUTERS)

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Enforcement is tricky in a city where many have worn surgical masks since a deadly respiratory disease outbreak in 2003. Both peaceful and violent demonstrators say violence is the only way for protesters to force the government to bend to clamours for full democracy and other demands. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

Enforcement is tricky in a city where many have worn surgical masks since a deadly respiratory disease outbreak in 2003. Both peaceful and violent demonstrators say violence is the only way for protesters to force the government to bend to clamours for full democracy and other demands. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

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