Hong Kong’s metro operator opened all its stations on Friday for the primary time in every week, forward of one other spherical of anti-government protests on the weekend, as the town’s legislature started its first session since protesters stormed the constructing in July.
Professional-establishment and democratic lawmakers shouted at one another earlier than the beginning of the session, heightening tensions which have spiralled following 4 months of typically violent pro-democracy protests within the territory.
Some lawmakers wore black masks as they sat within the chamber, with others carrying placards studying: “Police brutality nonetheless exists, how can we’ve got a gathering?”
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The carrying of face masks was banned underneath colonial-era emergency powers invoked by embattled Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam every week in the past.
The protests have plunged the town into its worst disaster for the reason that British returned Hong Kong to China in 1997 and likewise pose the largest well-liked problem to Chinese language President Xi Jinping since he got here to energy in 2012.
The protests started in opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition invoice however have since developed right into a pro-democracy motion fanned by fears that China is encroaching on the freedoms Hong Kong was assured underneath the “one nation, two programs” components put in place with the 1997 handover.
China denies such claims and blames overseas international locations, together with Britain and america, for fomenting unrest.