[Hong Kong 3rd Reuters]-In Hong Kong, where protests are intensifying, the government is planning to consider the application of the "Emergency Situation Ordinance" on the 4th. became. Under regulations, participants may be prohibited from covering their faces with masks during protests.
The protests are intensifying, as the police fired live ammunition in a one-day collision and the 18-year-old man was shot at close range.
Under such circumstances, the two concerned parties told Reuters that the Hong Kong government had a meeting on the morning of the 4th and might consider applying the emergency situation regulations. If applied, it will be the first time in half a century.
Many demonstrators wear face masks to conceal their identity and protect themselves from tear gas, but local media say that authorities will ban face masks at rallies to curb anti-government demonstration violence The TVB and cable TV reported that the Hong Kong stock market rose to a high for the first time in a week.
On the 1st day of the 70th anniversary of the founding of China, police fired live ammunition in a collision with an anti-government demonstration, and an 18-year-old man was shot at close range. This is the first time an injured person has been injured in a protest campaign for about four months. In one day of collision, the police force fired 6 rounds, over 1400 tears, and about 900 rubber bullets. Over 100 people were injured.
Hong Kong authorities indicted the man who was shot on the 3rd for charges of police attack. If it is judged guilty, the maximum sentence is 10 years in prison.
In addition, documents obtained by Reuters revealed that the Hong Kong police had relaxed their guidelines on the use of force for protest demonstrations on China National Day. According to the document, some changes were made to the guidelines regarding the behavior of police officers considering the use of force, and the wording that police officers should be responsible for their actions was removed from the manual. This will increase the police's ability to suppress demonstrations under tight circumstances.
Local media reported that the guidelines were changed on September 30th. Reuters has not been able to confirm when it was specifically changed. The Hong Kong police declined to comment on changes to the guidelines.
As protests are intensifying, the Hong Kong Policeman Sag Association, which consists of police officers, demands that Executive Secretary Carrie Lam be issued a ban on going out at night. "In the law, we are just an executive body with limited authority. In the face of such a series of massive riots, we cannot carry out our mission alone without top-level appropriate measures and support." It was.
Goldman Sachs estimates that up to $ 4 billion of deposits flowed out of Hong Kong in June-August due to intensifying protests. It has flowed to Singapore.